PART TWO – PLACES
Last year I completed a commission for The Falcon Hotel in Rutland. It’s a very old 16th century coaching inn situated in the centre of the historical market town of Uppingham, just four miles from the shores of Rutland Water in the heart of the natural splendours of Rutland.
The owners had some very old photographs of the Inn through many of its incarnations which were in a bad condition. He was interested and proud of the history of the building and wanted to preserve some of its history and celebrate it on the walls of the Hotel.
This project required a lot of renovation work using Photoshop software and took a lot of time to restore the picture, often pixel by pixel. As you will see from the original photos many had deteriorated or had been folded or stored badly; and some were just not up to the correct quality for my photo-etching technique. Below are some of the many stages needed to improve the image (eleven changes in total).
A first meeting was held at the Hotel and the changes were approved. I could then go ahead and create my plates.
The photographs were printed onto OHP film in the right size, black & white and with good contrast, sometimes it was necessary to posterise the images using a Photoshop Filter.
The acetates were positioned in close contact with the Solar Plates and exposed to ultra violet light which were then developed and light hardened. Once they were dry the edges and corners were bevelled so as not to cut the paper when passing through the printing press.
Each plate was then inked-up with oil-based Intaglio printing ink and passed through the press with the dampened 300 gsm Cotton Rag paper. Once through the press the paper was stored flat under pressure in order to dry. A final visit was arranged for me to present the owner with the finished prints which now hang in the hotel entrance.