Tim Layton Fine Art | My Workflow


While most photographers today choose to use digital cameras and make prints via their computer, I continue to make artist original black and white fine art prints, one at a time, by hand.  

I specialize in making pure platinum prints.  The platinum print is the most permanent of all photographic processes and is revered for its delicate gradation of tones, beautiful luminosity, and three-dimensional properties.  

Collectors know and understand these characteristics, and this is why the platinum print is still highly sought after in our contemporary digitized world.  

The absence of a binder layer on platinum prints allows the beautiful platinum metal to be embedded into the paper, giving it the distinctive look that is associated only with platinum prints.  Many describe a platinum print as having depth that is not seen in other types of prints.

I hand coat every one of my pure platinum prints and my entire process is entirely analog.  This means that everything from the exposure and development of my negative medium to the making of the print is all created with raw materials (film, glass plates, handmade papers, chemicals, and light).   While I appreciate computers and particularly the Internet, I continue to create my fine art prints the same way it has been done since the 1870's.  When something is perfect, there is no need to change it. 

Watch this video overview of my pure platinum printmaking process.

Watch this video of my Pure Platinum Pocket Nature ArtTM creative process.

I work with other mediums such as black and white positive paper which produces a one-of-a-kind silver gelatin darkroom print.  The print is literally exposed in the large format view camera directly and then developed to a positive, which is the final print.  Most prints are created from a negative source which is exposed in the camera and then either contact printed or projected onto the silver gelatin paper to create the positive image.  

The black and white positive prints are silver gelatin darkroom prints which display a beautiful tonality, a large range of contrast, and a presence that is unique to fine art silver gelatin darkroom prints.  I process all of my positive prints to the highest standards known for archival quality.  Each print is an artist original and it is impossible to make two exactly alike.

-Tim Layton

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Follow me on my St. Francois Mountain Pure Platinum Print Project where I am photographing the St. Francois Mountains that were formed by volcanic and intrusive activity 1.5 billion years ago.  By comparison, the Appalachians started forming about 460 million years ago, and the Rockies a mere 140 million years ago.

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