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Richard Stringer by Marion Rodgers

Richard Stringer

Marion Rodgers

A portrait of
Richard Stringer
Medium
Photograph

Dimensions

100 x 60 cm
Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
Accenture Digital Award
About the artwork

With intensity and passion, Richard Stringer is photographically recording those buildings which were created in Australia’s earlier days – many of which are now non-existent‚ for those who will never see them in person. Marion Rodgers says, “In this work, I have tried to convey the essence of the man.”  

About the sitter

Richard Stringer is an eminent Australian architectural photographer, still practicing from Brisbane, after 60 years in his field. His work can be found in the National Archives, NVG, John Oxley Library, Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Qld, and Australian Parliament House, among many other collections. 

About the artist

Marion Rodgers is a Brisbane-based Fine Art photographer. She takes inspiration from both the natural world and from humanity. To convey emotion, her work explores the ethereal qualities of her subjects, so that she can create impressions of them.

“Next, I printed the image in my darkroom on a special type of Czechoslovakian paper. Basing the next step on an old process from the 19th century which was originally used on negatives, the image was bleached out of the paper entirely … and washed endlessly. ”

Behind the scenes

Beginning with a straight digital photograph (1), I converted it to a black and white image (2), then made a digital negative of the file (3), pre-visualizing my end result.

Next, I printed the image in my darkroom on a special type of Czechoslovakian paper.

Basing the next step on an old process from the 19th century which was originally used on negatives, the image was bleached out of the paper entirely … and washed endlessly.

Then I redeveloped it. Much more washing followed.

Carefully, I encouraged parts of the extremely fragile emulsion to lift and drape over the image. The utmost care must be taken to do everything in slooooow motion!

Finally, I edit the result as a digital image.