What the Shell Series
Julie creates contemporary compositions with a vintage flair. Nature has been her star subject, revealing its unique quality of form, texture and space. She chooses to create a lot of her work using the Vintage, 19th century, Platinum Printing Process. Julie believes the beauty of this process illuminates her subjects like no other. The abundance of tones and fine detail from the brightest white to the deepest black created by using Platinum metal as an emulsion, makes these prints appear three dimensional.
Julie hand paints the liquid metal on to beautiful archival watercolor or Japanese papers and contact prints the negative. Each print is the size of the negative, which also adds the challenge of photographing her subjects with large format film cameras. What makes a Platinum print so rare besides the unique beauty and depth, is the time, energy and expense in creating one, a true labor of love. Julie feels that if you don’t have a strong passion for it, you would never do it.