How Tim Layton's Wild Horse Handmade Silver Gelatin Fine Art Prints Are Created.
The journey begins when Tim is in the field with the wild horses. It can take days, weeks, months or longer to get a single good photograph of the wild horses that is worthy of being a handmade silver gelatin fine art print.
Using a 35mm camera and state of the art wildlife telephoto lenses, Tim tracks, monitors and photographs the wild horses. After returning to the darkroom, the black and white film is developed, dried, and then inspected.
The developed film exposures are now reviewed closely to determine if any of them may be a candidate for making a fine art print. After the selection process is completed, a new and bigger large format negative is created in the darkroom to be used for making the smaller contact prints or larger artwork that needs to be optically enlarged via Tim’s state-of-the-art large format enlarging system.
For prints 16”x20” and smaller, a negative of the artwork size is created in the darkroom to make the exquisite silver chloride contact prints. For any artwork larger than 16”x20”, an 8x10 large format negative is created and used in Tim’s large format enlarging system.
The image comes to life when light shines through the analog film negative and exposes the hidden silver halides that are coated in the silver gelatin paper. The exposed paper then needs to be developed and fixed in order to be seen and made into a permanent image.
Tim follows very strict time-proven archival processing standards to ensure your new artwork will last a lifetime.
The prints are dried and flattened over a course of several days and then mounted on museum quality acid free mounting board. The mounted artwork is then finished when a custom window overlay mat is created and installed.
Your artwork is then placed into a protective archival enclosure before being professionally packaged and shipped to you.
BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE DARKROOM