New York in Liquid emulsion prints

At first, I planned to write a very detailed blog entry about my trip to New York but when I put all the prints together and tossed out less impressive works, I understood that the remaining material won’t be enough for a complete story and that every image makes for a separate story at it is.

The original film negatives were made with Pentax 645 camera, Pentax 67 90mm F2.8 lens via Adapter 67-645, printed in a darkroom using liquid emulsion printing process on Hahnemühle watercolor papers.

Architecture

New York is an interesting city in terms of its mix of architectural styles. Here different epochs peacefully co-exist with each other: buildings from the 1900s stand side by side with those built in the 2000s, but together they look absolutely harmonious as if complementing each other. It is because each building has its own beauty and when you put two beautiful things next to each other, their beauty is multiplied.

Water tanks, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Water tanks are a frequent sight on roofs of New York buildings

Flatiron Building, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Flatiron Building is probably the most beautiful building in NY

Architecture, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

And architectural styles are absolutely diverse

Architecture, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Classical architecture is very authentic

East River

East River separates the Bronx in the north and Manhattan in the south from Brooklyn and Queens which is on Long Island. East River is traversed by several old and impressive bridges, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge.

East River, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

East River is traversed by several old bridges…

Brooklyn Bridge, New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

…and the Brooklyn Bridge is probably one of the most beautiful of them

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in New York. It is a masterpiece and a paragon of engineering prowess — beautiful, solid, reliable.

New Yorkers

New York residents enjoy doing different things:

Phone and flower. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

They are fond of fresh flowers and chatting on the phone

Glimpse at photographers with suspicion. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

…and at times glimpse at photographers with suspicion

Looking up the sky. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

They can often be seen looking up at the sky…

Listening to music. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

…listening to music

Coney Island

Coney Island is a favorite leisure area of all New Yorkers in summer. But in winter it doesn’t enjoy many visitors because of cold Atlantic winds and its rather bleak appearance.

Coney Island Parachute Tower. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

But its entertainment part has an old and stunning parachute tower…

Ducks. Coney Island. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

…and lots of ducks come to pass the winter there

New York has…

It is a very big city where you can find lots of interesting things:

Wavetree. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

It even has a sailing fleet…

Sailing fleet. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

…and quite a big one

Subway. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

It has a far-reaching underground network

Skyline East River. New York // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Its skylines are absolutely breathtaking, and even in winter tourists can stand for a long time and peer into the distance

New York City is, in reality, a way more multifaceted city that I managed to show. Much more time is needed to explore it well, which unfortunately I lacked.

© Sasha Krasnov
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10 Comments

  1. Your photos and prints are awesome !
    Thanks for publishing !

    Marcel (from switzerland)

    Do you use your pentax 67 for street photography?

  2. Hi Sasha
    Love your Venice, Street and New York pictures. A few questions, if that’s OK?

    What kind of photos are suitable for emulsion development? High or low contrast?
    What print developer do you use and how long dies the development take? Or do you develop by inspection?
    How many coats of Foma Emulsion? 2?

    I hope I am not asking too much.

    Thanks

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you so much for the feedback!

      1) Higher contrast images are more suitable for liquid emulsion printing. It is easier to control contrast which is always insufficient when working with liquid emulsion and watercolor paper in my opinion.
      2) I use Kodak D-9, high contrast developer because I like the images to have enough contrast.
      3) I coat the paper twice. Fomaspeed emulsion being melted is not so liquid to be easily applied on the watercolor paper, especially on 100% cotton paper. I take a bit of emulsion and add to it about 25% (by weight) of distilled water, and melt it together. The emulsion becomes more fluid and easier to apply on the paper surface, making possible a steady layer. After about 15-20 min I apply the second layer and leave the paper drying for at least one hour.

      I think you should practice and develop your own methods using any recommendation as a starting point only. Do not hesitate to ask me other questions. I am so enjoying to answer your questions 😉

  3. Jacob

    Hi Sasha

    Lovely work. Regarding Foma emulsion, which I quite like, I am having trouble getting good highlights. The shadows and blacks are great. I am coating the paper twice. I have tried both Dektol and Ilford Multigrade.

    Curious if you have any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Jakob

    • Hi Jacob,

      Thank you for appreciating my work! I use Kodak D-9 lith-like high-contrast developer exposing the paper usually using short exposure and developing to the required black tones. So, in this way white remains white. In 1 liter it is possible to develop 3-4 pieces of 18x24cm paper size. Hope it would help you.

      Btw, now I quite happy with another extreme contrast developer — Kodak D-8 😉

      • Jacob

        Thank you for the feedback Sasha.

        Do you do single or double coats with Foma Emulsion?

        Kind Regards

        Jacob

        • I do double coating using a synthetic brush. But I cover each layer in a perpendicular direction to each other. Also, Foma emulsion is a bit thick (viscous?) to make a uniform layer. So. I dilute it with a distilled water by 20-30% to the batch’s initial weight. In a nutshell, it should be like dough for pancakes. But it is quite difficult to describe, you need to make some tests on a small portion of the emulsion. Try to dilute it by 10% of water. Then if you realize that it is too thick, you should use a more diluted emulsion. When the emulsion is “too thick” it will be difficult to make a uniform layer. You have to try it at first and I think you will find a proper “thickness” for your needs after series of tests. Also, let the paper dry for about an hour before proceeding to the next layer.

          Sorry for the late reply.

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