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.