Today’s Schedule;

10-1= Volunteering at the RUH for the Alzheimer’s Society

1-1.30= Break

1.30=4.45= Salt Printing workshop

4.45-7= Break

7-8.30= Writing up dissertation plan for the hand in tomorrow morning



Write ups for the RUH volunteering can be found with my professional practise project.

Salt printing is a technique developed in the 1830’s by Henry Fox Talbot. The process is long but very rewarding and clever. Below are a few photographs from the salt printing experience;

the images I used…

the exposing…

As I was working in the dark room, the amount of documentation I could do was limited. I have remembered how to do this process;

  • Immerse the paper you are going to print on to in a salt solution
  • allow the paper to dry fully
  • mix silver nitrate with ammonia- adding droplets of ammonia very slowly
  • allow the solution to turn completely black and then continue to add droplets in until it goes clear again (have to wait a long time for this to work)
  • using the solution, paint 2 coats of it on to the paper (allowing to dry fully each time)
  • print a negative image on to acetate
  • place all the layers (blotting paper, acetate and silver nitrate paper) in to the glass press
  • make a dark cover for the glass press to fit in to
  • take the image outside and expose for 10-20 minutes
  • cover the work and take inside
  • once inside the dark room again, put the print in to water for 5 minutes
  • immerse the print in the salt solution and then place in a colour tray
  • after being in the colour tray for 2 minutes, immerse in water again
  • put the image in to the fixing solution so that the image will no longer be affected by light
  • immerse in water again for 5 minutes
  • take image out of the water and place on blotting paper to dry