color print



<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />No, she is not a Muslim. The head-covering was standard winter fashion for Geisha and other well-to-do women in old Japan.

Check out the shoes, too. Made to keep her toes dry, and her feet out of the mud.

Hover your cursor over the image, and use it as a “magnifier” to get a much better look.


I already posted this image over 7 years ago, but it was at a small size of pitiful low-rez.

Rather than replace the old page and break the link to all of the blogs that host it, I’m posting a new and larger “matted” version, accompanied by a closer detail that shows the visible paper fibers of the raw SALT PRINT.

The color, tones, hues, and contrast are direct from the Epson 4490 Scanner.


This full-plate image was printed by sunlight on simple “salted paper”, and hand-tinted with transparent water colors — but not by me. This photo was darkroom processed and colored around the end of the 19th Century.

The process harks back to the very beginning of photography when Fox Talbot of England introduced the first commercially viable paper based photographic process to the world (but held himself and the world up with his jealously guarded patents).

Although the first prints were made from waxed PAPER NEGATIVES called CALOTYPES, these “Revival Salt Prints” were made with GLASS NEGATIVES, which were sometimes called CRYSTALOTYPES.

The photo paper had no emulsion layer (no collodian, albumen, or gelatin), and the image was developed right into the fibers of the PLAIN PAPER they used.

As the tinting was applied, it soaked immediately into the paper, living up to the literal meaning of SATURATED color. (See NOTE at the bottom of the caption)

As you can see here, both the photograph and color that saturated the paper have remained rich and vibrant.

However, while the antique photo above still looks nice, other photographers who went down the salt print road were not always so lucky. If they weren’t careful, poor processing and underexposed images tended to have fading problems.

That being said, a well done Salt Print is a beauty to behold.

[NOTE : After examining the prints under a 40x Stereo Microscope, I am of the opinion that the salt solution applied to the rough, “plain paper” of these Japanese images contained a small amount of gelatin — perhaps 2 grams per liter or so, an amount mentioned in some old formulas. It would have been enough to invisibly bind and hold the salt solution in the upper fibers of the paper, maintain the fiberous, matte texture, and not produce a glossy emulsion layer on top of the paper. This way, the applied tints would go in and around the contours of the rough, upper surface fibers, while not actually soaking through to the other side of the paper. ]

Circa 1890. Soba Attribution to SHINICHI SUZUKI THE YOUNGER (also called SHINICHI SUZUKI II). In-photo number and title (cropped off for this Flickr post) is B 1064 GIRL ON RAINING.


Hello friends!

Meg here for another TUTOR TUESDAY! I’ve seen a lot of confusion surrounding what exactly CMYK, RGB, and RYB are and I thought I’d take a shot at clearing it up! If you have any recommendations for tutorials send ‘em here or my personal! Keep practicing, have fun, and I’ll see you next week!

Daily Prompto Doodle: 06222017
Stormblood Prompto is kinda my fav prompto right now! I had way to much fun drawing this! I’ll be going back on this later when I have more free time and making it a complete product!


AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD - model: Rianne van Rompaey - Geisha models: Chiharu Okunugi & Maaya Yoshiyama -  photography: Tim Walker - creative director: Kate Phelan - hair: Shon - makeup: Sam Bryant  - Vogue UK December 2016

  • featured designers: Balenciaga - Prada -  Red Valentino - Louis Vuitton - Junya Watanabe - Loewe
  • location: Yamaguchi House, Nagano &  Kujukuri, Chiba Prefecture - Japan


Finished the armatized cutiepie <3


feast upon my weebiness

i used the bag at the farmer’s market today and i don’t think?? i noticed anyone staring, which is still kinda surprising to me. 

this cup is so adorable that i couldn’t resist buying it like the day after i bought the tote. 

@tosquinha thank you SO MUCH for your lovely art (and for enabling me to declare publicly that i am anime trash) <3 i love your comics and how the characters’ expressions always look so genuine and real while still being cutely drawn. 

from their society6 here and here