Platinum/Palladium is considered an alternative photographic process when compared with the better-known, conventional silver-gelatin darkroom process, which frequently involves enlarging a negative through a light source and a lens onto glossy, commercially-coated photo paper. The platinum/palladium process consists of contact printing a negative onto hand-coated sensitized paper and then exposing it to an ultra-violet light source. The result consists of a photo with a longer tonal range and archival life, because it contains no silver to degrade and fade as time passes us all by. A further characteristic of the process is that the print is often made on a heavyweight, textured paper, resulting in a photographic image that adopts this texture into its overall visual character.

Three of the galleries on this site were processed using this platinum/palladium method: Alabama, North Dakota, and Peter's Valley. For each project, a large format camera (either 4x5 or 5x7) was used to make the negatives, and the images featured here are reproductions of the resulting platinum/palladium prints.

In his book “Platinum and Palladium Printing,” Dick Arentz discusses the intricacy of the process, noting that: “The advantage makes the process a bit like chess; it is easy to learn the basic moves, but because of the options available to the skillful player, the complexity increases as the subject is mastered.” As I continue to explore and gain proficiency in the platinum/palladium process, I recognize that it is an ongoing learning process, and I continue my efforts to master its nuances. For a further in-depth discussion of this process, check out the wealth of information yielded by a Google search of the platinum/palladium process.