"Heavy Burden" - New Silver Gelatin Wild Horses of Missouri Ltd. Ed. Collectors Print by Tim Layton

May 01, 2020  •  2 Comments

"Heavy Burden" B&W Silver Gelatin Wild Horses of Missouri Limited Edition Collectors Print by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" B&W Silver Gelatin Wild Horses of Missouri Limited Edition Collectors Print by Tim Layton "Heavy Burden" is my newest limited edition handmade silver gelatin darkroom fine art print from my Wild Horses of Missouri Collection.

This particular print is very special to me because it is my first silver gelatin fiber print in this new series and I had a deeply moving and emotional experience when photographing this mare right after sunrise on a foggy fall morning. 

I am very proud to release this new limited edition collectors print from my Wild Horses of Missouri collection and I can't wait for you to hold it in your hands.  

"Heavy Burden" is an emotional and intimate piece of artwork.  I felt the heaviness in this strong mare's spirit as I photographed and spent time with her.  When you hold this piece of artwork in your hands, I believe you will be transported to a special place and have a sense of her longing to care for her new foal.

In a 21st century digital society it is a rare and uncommon to receive handmade artwork and I hope that you enjoy this special limited edition fine art print as much as I love creating it for you. 

"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton

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ARTWORK DETAILS

"Heavy Burden" is limited edition artwork that comes ready to frame in a standard 11"x14" size making it very easy to display your new artwork.

I use the time-tested dry mount method to attach the 8x10 silver gelatin fiber print to an acid-free mounting board and I custom cut a window over-mat to finalize the presentation. 

I take great care in every step of my process to ensure your artwork is something that you will treasure and enjoy for a lifetime.  

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"Heavy Burden" - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton [BUY NOW]

Title: "Heavy Burden"

Medium: Silver Gelatin Black & White 

Paper: Ilford Multi-Grade IV Fiber Classic 

Edition: Limited Edition of 250 with a certificate of authenticity

Dimensions: 11x14 (8x10 print dry mounted with an 11x14 window over-mat) 

Signature: Each print is titled and signed in pencil along with the edition number by Tim Layton. 

Archival Notes: Selenium toned to museum archival standards and dry mounted on acid-free board.

Shipping: The artwork is stored in a an acid-free protective sleeve and carefully packaged between two outer pieces of protected board to ensure it arrives to you safely.

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BEHIND THE SCENES STORY

"Heavy Burden" - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton I watched the mare emerge from the forest along the river along with her new foal and other members of the herd.  It was just after sunrise when I spotted them.  I followed them for the next hour and as the sun was coming up over the horizon the entire herd came close together and started grazing in the field. 

I worked my way around so the sunlight was behind her because I wanted that special backlighting to help draw out the emotion that I was feeling.  Using my telephoto 600mm F4 lens (12 lbs.) I spent the next hour watching her interact with her new foal while oscilating back and forth between grazing and paying close attention to her foal.

I could instantly sense the care and love that she has for her baby as evidenced by her constant attention and monitoring. It was a long and difficult winter and she looked thin to me, but I also could clearly see strength and resiliance in her spirit too. 

After watching this mare interact with her new foal and the other members of her herd, I sensed a "heavy burden".  It may be a natural inclination to think burdens are negative or undesirable, and while that can be true, I didn't get that feeling from her.  I saw a mother that was committed to their newborn and was willing to do whatever it took to care and nurture her new baby.  In this case, I felt like the burden I sensed was beautiful and a good reminder that duty and commitment can be wonderful and inspiring. 

I left them in peace and I continue to hold this memory and experience close to my heart.  


INFORMATION FOR ART BUYERS & COLLECTORS

Tim Layton at Rocky Creek Herd on 3/29/20Tim Layton at Rocky Creek Herd on 3/29/20 I first saw the Wild Horses of Missouri in 2010 and I was immediately captivated.  I knew from my very first experience that I needed to learn more about the horses and find a way to tell their story to help protect them for current and future generations. 

In 2015, my son and I purchased some land in the Missouri Ozark mountains and built our off-the-grid homes and darkroom. 

Long before I made this major change in my life, I envisioned the ability to create artist original fine art with purpose and meaning.  

After two years of building our homes, darkroom, and workshops, I finally was able to start searching for the wild horses.

Over the next two years, I learned where the four different herds of wild horses tended to roam and I studied their behavior.  I discovered that wild horses are very similar to human beings because they put their family first and show love for them.  Each of the horses has a specific role and job in the herd and they also know how to have fun too.  

Ten years later from my first encounter and I feel like I am just getting started.  I am at a place where I know the land and the behaviors of the herds very well now.  I feel great joy following and learning something new with every encounter.  

I hope that my joy, respect, love and appreciation for the wild horses comes through in my artwork. It is truly my honor to create this special collectors editions of handmade analog fine artwork for you.   

In a 21st century digital society it is a rare treat and uncommon to receive handmade artwork and I hope that you enjoy these special prints as much as I love creating it for you. 

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PURCHASE INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS

"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton "Heavy Burden" is dry mounted on an acid-free 11x14 4-ply mat board along with a custom-cut window mat that is hinge taped to archival standards.

These limited edition prints are titled and signed by me and they include a certificate of authenticity documenting all of the details. 

Each silver gelatin fiber print is hand made in my darkroom using the same process as the legends that came before us like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White, and Irving Penn.

Limited Edition Silver Gelatin Print Details

  • Ilford MGIV silver gelatin fiber paper is hand-selected for the ultimate quality. 
  • Your print is selenium toned by hand using a visual inspection method for the optimum tonal values and maximum archival qualities. 
  • Your new artwork is titled, signed, and numbered by Tim Layton and you receive a certificate of authenticity to properly document your investment.

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS

"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton"Heavy Burden" Wild Horses of Missouri Silver Gelatin Gallery Print by Tim Layton "Heavy Burden" is a silver gelatin split-grade contact print made by hand with a film negative in the darkroom.

My workflow begins with capturing the wild horses on 35mm film.  I typically use Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5 depending on the desired contrast and lighting conditions. On occasion, I will use a slower film, Ilford FP4. 

I develop the film in a custom-mixed version of Kodak's D-76 formula and the process the film using an archival workflow. 

Once the film is completely dry, I need to enlarger the negative so that I can make bigger contact prints.  I use one of two methods for making the enlarged negatives.  For my analog workflow, I make an inter-positive by enlarging the 35mm film to an 8x10 sheet of Bergger Print film and then I contact print the new inter-positive to an 8x10 sheet of either Ortho, Print, or FP4 sheet film.  If I decide to make a digital negative, I edit the scanned negative in Photoshop and then print the enlarged negative on my Epson P800 with Pictorico film. 

Once the enlarged negative is created, I make the split-grade darkroom print as shown in the video above.  It is a delicate process where I balance my creative vision agains the tonal pallet that is possible with the film, paper, and developer choice.  

I follow the same archival workflow as documented by Ansel Adams to ensure my silver gelatin fiber prints are truly archival quality.  

Once I am satisfied with the wet print, I then tone each print in Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner to enhance the DMAX and contrast as well as extend the archival properties of the fiber-based silver gelatin print. 

I allow each print to air dry on a screen for about two days and then I begin the flatten process which is either under heavy glass plates or I sometimes use my dry mount press.  

Once the prints are flattened, I dry mount the 8x10 silver gelatin contact prints on 4-ply acid free museum quality board and cut a custom window mat.  

I sign, title, and edition each print in pencil and I include a certificate of authenticity with each print.  

In the next few weeks, I will begin offering hand-made wooden frames to make the artwork ready to hang the moment you receive it.  More on this to following soon.
 

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

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Comments

Tim Layton Fine Art
Hi Chris, thanks for your kind words and your question. I have a section in the above article titled "Technical Information For Collectors" where I describe all the details that you are asking about. Thank you.
Chris Klug(non-registered)
Beautiful image. Are all these prints contact prints? You capture these horses with 35mm, right? And then you make an inter-negative, do I have that right? Do you scan the neg or do an optical enlargement?
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