Terri St.Arnauld & Frank Yezer, residents of Austin, Texas, US, collaborate to process and print all their black & white and platinum work. Since 2013, they have included digital photography, processing and printing in their portfolio. A love of travel, even around Austin, has inspired much of this couple's work.
St.Arnauld & Yezer's work has been shown in Austin, around Texas and the US, including participation in FotoFest 2010, and in several international group shows. It is in the collections of the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, the City of Austin, and numerous private collectors.
St.Arnauld began practicing photography as an adolescent but did not actively study it until after college. Classes, workshops and seminars have been interspersed with a predominantly autodidactic curriculum. She has always enjoyed visually studying people and places and likes the creative expression that photography allows while doing this.
Yezer became interested in photography as a ballet dancer with a touring company. But it was not until he made several trips to France that he started to focus on the techniques and printing. His combined interests in technical skills and art have taken him from ballet to bookbinding to photography.
As collaborating artists, our favorite part of creating work is choosing the processes to use. Even the method of capturing an image has options, though other things, such as equipment size and weight, might influence our choice. As each choice is carried out, we are given options for the next phase to "shape" that work to our vision. And, since any work we want to put online or submit must be digital, all the hand-made works must be put into a digital format and made to imitate the original. Shown here are three distinct types of our work.
We like to use digital photography to capture the subtle effects of light on architecture and other objects. The tools available allow us to choose from so many effects to use on a photograph that we feel we can bring you back there with us to see it. These are from recent trips to places west of the Mississippi. They can be printed on a variety of surfaces and in many sizes.
Our Tree series was made on 4x5 film, using an old brass lens given us by a friend. The lens was so old (c. 1850) that Frank had to make an aperture to fit in front of the lens and I (Terri) used a cloth for the shutter. The limited focal depth in this lens gives the images a sense of melancholy and nature. Our Gelatin Silver (black & white) prints are made on fiber-based paper toned in sepia, or on resin-coated paper, in sizes up to 16x20 and sometimes larger.
The last two images are part of an ongoing series, titled Implications II (portrait). This series makes use of the nostalgia of platinum printing combined with weaving, a process unrelated to photography, to render a modern, almost cubist image. Woven body parts can even sometimes imply other things or personality traits. Our Platinum process uses our own chemical formula applied to a commercially hand-made cotton paper and exposed through a large-format negative (5x7 or 8x10), using ultraviolet (UV) light. Two separate but related prints are cut and interwoven.
If you would like to discuss any of our processes or specific work, please feel free to contact us. More work can be viewed on our website. www.PlatinumPortraitsPhoto.com
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