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Gordon Undy The past 34 years at PPP

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Gordon Undy The past 34 years at PPP

Gordon Undy works with photography and now also oil painting to express his love of the landscape and the medium itself.

His wife Lyndell and he opened point light gallery and school of photography in 1996 to fill a perceived gap in education concerning traditional photography and it's methods, supporting this by exhibiting the work of masters from around the world who were both friends and teachers. Although the gallery and workshops were closed at the end of 2014 Gordon continues with photography as the Patron of PPP and has steadily worked to increase his competence with watercolour and oils since having more time to indulge his love of painting.

The works shown here span thirty four years and are all printed from film negatives in some of the media of traditional photography. They also include one image printed from a digital file made by scanning a 5x7 inch negative. The predominant medium (and arguably the most beautiful/traditional of all those shown) is the hand-coated platinum/palladium photograph.

The effect of Ultraviolet light on a mixture of platinum/palladium salts with ferric oxalate was first noticed by Sir William Herschel in the eighteen thirties just prior to the beginning of negative/positive photography. The real photographic use of Herschel's experiments did not happen until much later in the nineteenth century and continued until the first world war (due to the higher priority accorded to platinum and palladium for military purposes). It was subsequently revived in the nineteen sixties by George A Tice and others and is used still by some fine art photographers. Gordon learned the process from George Tice in 1994 and, along with the other media, taught it at point light until the end of 2014.
All of the photographs shown are from large format negatives (4x5, 5x7, 8x10 and 11 x14 inches) except for two enlarged from 35mm negatives and one from a medium format (6x6 em) negative. All of the platinotypes are made by contact using large format negatives or enlarged negatives made by analog means. There is one 11 x14 contact photograph in silver-gelatin.

One of the photographs is made by contact on Printing Out Paper (POP) which became commercially unavailable at the start of this century. it was a more modern ready-made form of the Salted Paper photograph with the same chemistry embedded in gelatin. Salted paper was the first available form of negative/positive printing.

Why is all of this important? Because it risks being forgotten unless seen and spoken about.

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