|by Aric Bakeburg
The Black Hills State University Alternative Photographic Printing Processes course concludes with an exhibition at the Spearfish Arts Center Gallery that will remain open until May 31.
Students that participated in the exhibition include: Breanne Anderson, senior mass communication major from Cheyenne, Wyo.; Kelly Bail, senior art major from Buffalo; Aric Bakeburg, freshman mass communication major from Rapid City; Joshua Cooke, senior mass communication major from Spearfish; Chelsie Hart, junior communication arts major from Deadwood; Jamie Hermanson, senior business administration major from Rapid City; Kelsey Hohn, sophomore mass communication major from Huron; Debra Iverson, senior speech communication major from Spearfish; Randal Iverson, sophomore mass communication major from Spearfish; Geneva Kuhn, junior mass communication major from Rapid City; Cody Meier, sophomore mass communication major from Box Elder; Abigail Snowden, junior mass communication major from Newell; Summer Venner, senior mass communication major from Pierre; Janci Wenner, senior elementary education major from Lemmon; Jaraka Witte, junior mass communication major from Rapid City; Lindsay Rose, junior mass communication major from Rapid City; and Amanda Allred, senior art major from Spearfish.
The course, taught by BHSU graduate and adjunct professor, Shawna Norman, focused on exploring photographic processes that are less commonly used or taught today, including Lith printing, Van Dyke printing, Cyanotype printing, ink jet transfer and ink jet frescos. According to Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication and photography at BHSU, the nature of the processes used makes these photographs one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Many of the art pieces on display are available for purchase.
A brief description of the proceses are as follows:
- Lith – A darkroom process involving a specific chemical developer called lith developer producing a wide variety in tones ranging from pinks to browns and blacks, results are very unique and almost impossible to reproduce.
- Cyanotype – A darkroom process that involves coating watercolor paper with a special photographic emulsion that when exposed to ultraviolet light develops and produces a vivid blue picture.
- Van Dyke – A process very similar to Cyanotype that varies in chemical makeup producing instead brown and black tone prints.
- Ink Jet Fresco – A process where a specially prepared ink jet print is transferred into a wet marble and plaster surface.
- Ink Jet Transfer – A process where a specially prepared ink jet print is transferred onto watercolor paper.