Marigolds in Tricopherous Bottle

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Marigolds in Tricopherous Bottle

Postby Maris » 17 Mar 2015, 06:27

Marigolds in Tricopherous Bottle

Gelatin-silver photograph on Ultrafine Silver Eagle VC FB photographic paper, image size 21.3cm X 16.4cm, from a 4x5 Kodak TriX Pan Professional negative exposed in a Tachihara 45GF double extension field view camera fitted with a Nikkor-W 210mm f5.6 lens.
Titled and signed recto, stamped and annotated verso.

I found the Tricopherous bottle in the broad treeless valley between the Etheridge Range and Mount Northcote in Australia's Snowy Mountains. Tricopherous is a 19th century hair tonic intended to reverse advancing baldness. It consists of 97% alcohol, 1.5% castor oil, 1% cantharadins (Spanish fly!), and a whiff of fragrance. One wonders which of these ingredients prompted consumption in the high and lonely spot where the bottle was discarded maybe a century ago.

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Re: Marigolds in Tricopherous Bottle

Postby Warmtone » 31 Aug 2015, 21:53

I like the elegance of this image where the flowers somehow gain increased presence from the contrasting structural elements of the drawers.

I imagine the silver print would be quite luminous and rewarding to view with perhaps a 3D quality created by the light and careful position of the old bottle.

In a world that is increasingly bombarded with digital photographic noise, this quietly reflective "simple" image is a refreshing change.

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