The images above are photographs of the front and back of an exposed piece of photographic paper with traditional spotting inks on one side. The aqua blue, slightly discolouring around the edges is so intense, I couldn’t help but be drawn to it. I found these inks in a folder, which I think has been closed for some time now and felt such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia I had to document it.
The inks are for black and white prints and reminded me of the watercolours by Dirk Stewen. There is something so beautiful about the inks, they show a very hands on approach that is now fading away, losing those imperfect traces of a human touch.
All images copyright Melinda Gibson 2010.