Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Photographer Matt Vesci- Artist Reception

Artist Reception Thursday, 2 October 2008 4pm-7pm
Enjoy Art, Cheese, Crackers, Wine and a bit of shopping
(shoppers at Reception get a 20% discount shop wide!
(excluding artwork, of course)

KAZA is proud to display the works of Art Photographer, Matt Vesci.
Matt recently graduated from NHIA's (New Hampshire Institute Of Art)Photography program. As a student (even after my 1 yr absence--I vow to return!)at NHIA, I know first-hand the quality of students that graduate from NHIA and Matt is no exception. Matt offers a wide range of photographs which, I feel, gives insight into his creative mind. The natural settings draw you in, allowing a moments escape.

A bit more about Matt:

The Artist:
Matt Vesci is a graduate of New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Certificate program in Photography, where he focused on landscapes, both in color and black & white, with a special interest in the handmade processes of the nineteenth century.

About Matt's prints:
Color photos are printed, using archival papers and inks. The colors in these photographs will last longer than those in a conventional color film print. Under glass, they should last 50 to 100 years if kept out of direct sunlight, and are said to last 200 years if kept in the dark. (I haven’t been able to verify this, since I haven’t been around that long, and it’s always more fun to be able to look at these photographs!)

The black and white images are a combination of conventional black & white photography, printed in the darkroom on “modern” silver gelatin papers, digital “giclee” photos, made on the same Epson printers as the color work and finally my favorites, the handmade processes…salt prints and platinum/palladium prints.

The Procedure:
The handmade prints are my favorite final prints. They are the result of a much more labor intensive method than the traditional black & white and/or color digital. Both the Salt and Palladium print processes must be contact printed, meaning that the negative is the same size as the final photograph. These large negatives are created either by using a large format camera, to create the original 4 x 5” (or larger) negative, or by making a digital negative on the computer, with the proper characteristics for the specific process, then printing the photograph in the darkroom.

For either of my handmade processes, I begin with a plain piece of watercolor paper, which is very strong and has a high fiber content. I then mix the appropriate chemicals and coat the paper with either a brush or glass rod. For the Salt prints, there are two coatings, first a salt water solution, followed by a solution of silver nitrate after paper has dried. In creating the palladium prints, there is a combination of three chemicals. With both of these, only a small amount of coated paper can be created at a time, because the paper will darken within a few hours, if not processed, making it unuseable. Once the coated paper is dried, it is placed behind the negative, in a special wooden frame and exposed to an ultraviolet source. The photographers of the 1800’s used what is still the best, though most unpredictable source of UV light, the sun. I’ve opted to use modern ultraviolet lights, which are not as strong, but result in a predictable exposure.

The final palladium prints are a rich black, with some warm tones, and highlights that take the color of the base paper. Salt prints range from a reddish orange to a grayish-blue, depending on the exposure and whether or not toned in an additional chemical bath.

Overall, these processes are more time-consuming, but they provide a much more tactile experience, connecting me with the images, much as they did when I first discovered and recorded them in my camera

KAZA Artist Reception for Matt Vesci is Thursday, 2 October 2008 4pm-7pm
**Cheese, crackers and wine will be served**