For me, as a creative person, sometimes things just get a bit overwhelming and I start to feel a little lost in my own process. My own creative process. I second guess everything that I do - it doesn't look good, it's not pretty, it just isn't right. Nothing seems to flow. Could it be the time of year or maybe the fact that it has been so rainy and gray for so long that I am lost in the season? It could play into it, but this is something that this creative person just runs into from time to time. Like writers block but for photographers. So I started looking at alternative photographic processes. Things I could do that didn't require a darkroom or massive amounts of chemicals, things that I could play with, experiment and at the same time create fine art pieces, and I think I found and old process made new again.
Back in the day, when Polaroid still made some amazing and fun film for my 4x5, I use to play with Polaroid Emulsion Transfers. Before digital imaging became "the thing". Some of these old processes are coming back in different ways, shapes and forms. Some are quite pricey and well, I found a way to work with image transfers - digitally and I love it because I am not held to a specific size. I can print as large as I want or as small as I want! Here is my very first image transfer... Wouldn't your dog look AMAZING as an Image Emulsion Transfer?
First, I started with some of my colorful humming bird photos, roughly 4x6 images on a smooth finish art paper. I tried a few on different cold press watercolor papers, but I personally am not a fan of the "big" texture. Then I moved into a little larger size - 5x7. That was fun, so I tried 8x 10. The photo of Gromit in the fall colors is an 8x10. Then, I mounted and matted a few of the transfers. I absolutely love how they turned out. What is really unique is that no two transfers will ever be the same. Every image is one...no duplicates, no copies. I love that this gives my clients the ability to have a one of a kind, one off Fine Art portrait of their dog.