It was a fantastic day in the darkroom. Tim Jr. and I made this new print using our newly updated 8x10 enlarger.
"Darkroom Dahlia" is a limited edition black and white silver gelatin darkroom print that is available for purchase. You can view Darkroom Dahlia and all of my limited edition black and white fine art prints in my gallery.
I used my split-grade print method on Ilford MGIV Fiber paper for this print and it is selenium toned to museum quality archival standards.
The negative was FP4+ 8x10 and developed in Pyrocat HD 1:1:100.
I grow flowers in my greenhouse, around my darkroom, and all over my land in the Ozark's so that I can photograph them and create artist original fine art prints like this. This particular flower was grown in the front of my darkroom and that is why I titled it "Darkroom Dahlia". Dahlia's along with tulips and lilies are among my favorites.
The Dahlia symbolizes:
Dahlia is the name of the genus of these flowers, making it easy to refer to the entire group at once. The source of the name is highly contested. An original story claimed that Carl Linnaeus named the flower after a student with the last name of Dahl, but Linnaeus himself died before the flower was named. It’s unclear where the name actually originated, and some scientists have unsuccessfully tried to change the genus name to Georgina.
The Victorians used the Dahlia to signify a lasting bond and commitment between two people, but modern flower lovers can also buy a potted plant as a celebration of joining a new religion or trying a new healthy habit. Dahlia is often considered a birth flower for August, but some traditions use it as a November birth flower instead. It’s the national flower of Mexico because that it’s native habitat. Some cultures use it to represent diversity since each petal fits seamlessly into the whole head.
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