"Creatures of the seven seas"
Series of 16 images plus cover page.
Limited Editions of 5 on Arches Platinum Rag handmade by the artist himself.
Edition 1 + 2 only available as complete set. Price for the complete set on request.
For people who collect photographs, platinum prints are known for their beauty, archival stability and unique, one-of-a-kind print statement. Made from the salts of platinum and palladium, these prints are also called “platinotypes” or “platinum” prints. Platinum is a noble metal on the Periodic Table and are resistant to oxidation.
As with most historical photographic processes, a platinum print is made by placing the negative and emulsion-coated paper in direct contact. Therefore, the size of the photographic print is equal to the size of the negative. All platinum prints have a matte, not glossy surface, because the sensitizer is absorbed into the paper rather than sitting on the surface.
"My platinum prints are made from hand-mixed and hand-coated emulsions. These sensitizers are mixed just prior to use, coated on the paper with a brush. Once dry, a negative is placed in direct contact with the paper, and then exposed to “actinic” or ultraviolet light. Exposure to the light source takes an hour or more, depending on the density and contrast of the negative.
The image tone of a platinum print can vary widely in color. These prints can range from a cool, slightly purple black to split tones of brown and warm black, to a very warm brown. The proportions of the different components in the emulsion, choice of developers and the temperature of the developer control the ﬁnal color. Most of my platinum prints are double layered like Irving Penn did it for some of his iconic images. To increase tonality and depth I also added in some of my images as a second component to the sensitizer some Iridium which makes the picture even more noble and creates more depth in the mid tones.
As these emulsions are mixed and coated by hand no two prints are exactly alike and become unique art pieces." - Jan C. Schlegel
Jan C. Schlegel was born in 1965 in the Black Forest of Germany.
He discovered his passion for photography at the age of 14 with in the scope of a Photo course at school. For his ﬁrst own camera, the reﬂex camera Minolta XG9, the 14 year-old saved long. As winner of a AGFA photo competition with focus on portraits, Schlegel took part in a seminar by the photographer Walter Schels in the Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. Under Walter Schel’s inﬂuence Jan C. Schlegel began to ascertain his fervor for black-and-white portraits. Toni Schneiders, a distant neighbor of Schlegel, became the second important mentor for the young photographer. After a two and a half year long apprenticeship at Lake Bodensee Schlegel was a professionally trained photographer by the age of 18. Schlegel works for the University of the Nations. He teaches courses in photography and takes students through Africa and Asia, mentoring them as they discover their own way of seeing.