the digital age, most photographers are seeking out the latest
technologies to advance their artistic capabilities. Nevertheless,
photographer Ted Preuss has fought the lure of the digital mania
and has gone back in time by using old-fashioned cameras and
a more traditional method of developing. The results are timeless
and stunning photographs.
time commercial and architectural photographer, Preuss was looking
for an outlet for his creativity. In the past he had done everything
from stock photography to furniture design. However, it was only
recently that he came across platinum printing and shot his first
series, Simple Beauty, using the method. Preuss says platinum
printing allows the photographer to achieve a precision and radiance
that regular printing methods cannot capture. The process involves
mixing very small amounts of platinum with a sensitizing solution
containing ferric oxalate. This mixture can then be spread onto
any type of surface and is left to dry. After the coating and
drying, the paper is placed into contact with the negative the
same size as the final print and is exposed to ultra-violet light.
The solution reacts with the ultra-light to reduce the platinum
metal and embeds the particles within the fibers of the surface.
first collaborated with a friend and did not know if he could
even produce any good prints, but through trial and error he
taught himself the platinum printing method. Preuss’s first
body of work is concentrated on women. Despite the fact that
this was his first time photographing people, he has captured
the essence, or what he refers to as the “inner-self”,
of his subjects. He attributes this to meeting the models first
and getting to know their interests. Preuss says since he started
this series models have actually sought him out to make portraits
of them and he repays them with their photographs.
also draws inspiration from vintage and classical art and artists.
Consequently the images he captures have a distinct vintage feel
about them, dreamlike and mysterious. Despite his vintage influence,
there is also a quality of timelessness in Preuss’s photographs.
There are few photographs that one can look at and not be able
to place in a distinct time period, but with Preuss’s style
and methods, one can never be sure if they are looking at an
actual vintage photograph or one taken recently. Currently he
is working on expanding his series and he is also experimenting
with different surfaces to print on. He has successfully used
dried tree leaves to print some of his favorite images on.
To see more of his work visit www.preussphotography.com
By Farnaz Hakimian