VINTAGE MCO BLACK & WHITE
The photos on this page are a sampling of my traditional black and white photographic prints on fiber-based papers--mostly Ilford matte and Ilford warm tone. Archivally processed, toned (usually selenium), and framed in my studio(s), pre 2011. I preferred Ilford film and Ilford fiber-based papers with a matte surface and Ilford warm tone paper. Film cameras in my kits included the Mamiya 7 rangefinder, Mamiya 645, Pentax 67, and Olympus OM-1. I read books about art and photography whenever possible. Influential artists include Ernst Haas, Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams and his technical works, Dorothea Lange, and so many others.
VINTAGE MCO COLOR
As digital capture improved (and continues to do so), I started working more with color. To get the artistic effects I wanted, I hand-coated, cotton watercolor papers to use for pigment inkjet printing. The heavy cotton papers needed this extra "sizing" so that they could hold and present ink on the surface better, to increase contrast, saturation, and edge sharpness. I developed my own coating solution and process, similar to the way other types of printing requires sizing the paper before inking. The weight and texture of the watercolor papers are exceptional for what I wanted to create. However, modern fine art printing papers and coatings have come a long way, and I use them now, favoring papers without OBA's (optical brightening agents).
Many of the photographs on this page were printed in editions of five. A few were one-of-a-kind. Images and prints in this gallery are no longer available. Thank you for your interest.
Cover Shot - Foucault's Miles from the Lightning.  Cover shot and  accompaniment on track 5, Miles from the Lightning
Cover Shot - Foucault's Miles from the Lightning. Cover shot and accompaniment on track 5, Miles from the Lightning
Cafe Carpe - Fort Atkinson
Cafe Carpe - Fort Atkinson
French People a la Plage
French People a la Plage
Femrite Creek. Winter.
Femrite Creek. Winter.
Foucault's Typewriter
Foucault's Typewriter
Haiku Study
Haiku Study
Treeline in Snow - one of a kind. Sold.
Treeline in Snow - one of a kind. Sold.
Dutone Print. Miniature.
Dutone Print. Miniature.
A batch of my hand-coated watercolor paper, hanging to dry. I used this for some of my earlier color work.
A batch of my hand-coated watercolor paper, hanging to dry. I used this for some of my earlier color work.
Horizon. January. (One of my favorites! Owned by Tom Sobota.)
Horizon. January. (One of my favorites! Owned by Tom Sobota.)
Dragonfly Wings (I put them in the enlarger, and projected the silhouette on Ilford matte photo paper. Owned by Peter Mulvey.)
Dragonfly Wings (I put them in the enlarger, and projected the silhouette on Ilford matte photo paper. Owned by Peter Mulvey.)
Daisies. Duotone print (using strategically applied selenium toner.)
Daisies. Duotone print (using strategically applied selenium toner.)
Bilstad Signs
Bilstad Signs
January Barn
January Barn
Tulips (on hand-coated watercolor paper)
Tulips (on hand-coated watercolor paper)
November Fog. Sold Out.
November Fog. Sold Out.
Michelle
Michelle
Soft Bouquet. (Owned by Jen and Gina.)
Soft Bouquet. (Owned by Jen and Gina.)
Trees in Winter
Trees in Winter
Silvertone in Evening Light. (Thank you Marguerite and Sydney for the gift!)
Silvertone in Evening Light. (Thank you Marguerite and Sydney for the gift!)
Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Pastoral Scene. Athens, Ohio. Warmtone Print.
Pastoral Scene. Athens, Ohio. Warmtone Print.
Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Paul's Books. Madison, Wisconsin.
Paul's Books. Madison, Wisconsin.
Peaceful Morning. Lake Ripley, Wisconsin.
Peaceful Morning. Lake Ripley, Wisconsin.
Red Barn in Snow.
Red Barn in Snow.
Rockdale Mill. Rockdale, Wis. (now demolished.)
Rockdale Mill. Rockdale, Wis. (now demolished.)
Pink Rose.
Pink Rose.
Gordes, France. (Owned by  Jeff Rosenberg.)
Gordes, France. (Owned by Jeff Rosenberg.)
Gordes, France.
Gordes, France.
Early Morning Fog, Sheppert Road.
Early Morning Fog, Sheppert Road.
La Mer (view from Nova Scotia). Warmtone Print. One of a kind.
La Mer (view from Nova Scotia). Warmtone Print. One of a kind.
Tiger Lillies in Field (Highway 12, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin)
Tiger Lillies in Field (Highway 12, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin)
Morning Fog. Sheppert Road. (One is in the Shilakis collection.)
Morning Fog. Sheppert Road. (One is in the Shilakis collection.)
Morning Fog. Sheppert Rd.
Morning Fog. Sheppert Rd.
Miles to Go Before We Sleep.
Miles to Go Before We Sleep.
Peony (AKA "Thinking of You."). Warmtone Print.
Peony (AKA "Thinking of You."). Warmtone Print.
Mac.
Mac.
Tracks in Morning Snow.
Tracks in Morning Snow.
Yahara River
Yahara River
Autumn Leaves. Rock River Shoreline, Wisconsin.
Autumn Leaves. Rock River Shoreline, Wisconsin.
Bayeau, France
Bayeau, France
Set of Original Olsonography Cards (not available)
Set of Original Olsonography Cards (not available)
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