|Lifeguard Station, Portstewart Strand|
It looks all lith and everything but it's not really. It's a normal print on Ilford Warmtone although I did bleach it back in cupric sulphate and then dunk it into some fairly warm lith developer. But it went a bit dark and horrible so I abandoned that and after another wash bleached it again and then toned it in some old sepia. I was pretty happy with the end result - some dark bits and some light bits and some bits inbetween.
This was a 12"x16" print and truth be told it's the largest I've printed for a very long time. Everything changes when you wind the enlarger up the column a good bit - times are longer of course and things behave differently to that little 10"x8" print that came out so easily by comparison.
So it's going off to the NIPA selector(s) and we'll see what gives. Most of the prints in last year's exhibition seemed to be studio portraits. There are a couple of 'big hitters' in one of the Belfast Clubs and they seem to have a bit of a monopoly on the whole NIPA thing. Not my thing, really but there you go.