My journey as a specialised Printmaker started at the influential and inspirational John Howard Print Studios in Penryn where I create my handmade photopolymer plates, otherwise known as solarplate etching. I combine my photography with traditional printmaking techniques to produce small runs of limited edition fine art prints through this intaglio etching process. This laborious, but meditative act of making etchings has changed my approach to photographing my surroundings. At times the process can be frustrating and sometimes variable, but always beautiful to create from plate to print. I never quite know if it will be a success until I finally ink the plate and roll it through my press and then breathe a deep sigh of relief. The resulting etching becomes an impression of an image, rather than an exact representation, each print being quite unique. The actual printing is archival and permanent which takes on a warmth and beauty that is not present in any other photographic process. The process requires no chemicals using only water to etch the plate and the suns solar rays to develop the plate which is then inked as was once done centuries ago and then printed as a conventional intaglio print.
Each print is hand pulled on my Gunning Etching Press onto heavy grade archival Somerset or Fabriano Fine Art paper, which produces beautiful tonal and linear intaglio prints that present incredible depth and perspective. The thrill of lifting a print from the plate never ceases to excite!