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  Tod Gangler

The global atmosphere covering the earth has been likened to the skin of an apple. In this layer are contained the life-sustaining oxygen (20.95%) required by humans and other creatures; the carbon dioxide (0.03%) so essential for plant growth; the nitrogen (78.09%) also needed for chemical conversion to plant nutrients; the trace gases such as neon, helium, methane, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone and varying amounts of water vapor and airborne particles.

The earth is a spinning globe. Our atmosphere is gravitationally attached to the globe and it is also spinning. Since it is not rigidly attached, it sometimes spins faster than the globe and sometimes lags behind. One of the intriguing aspects of the atmosphere is the way its components vary in size; at one end of the scale are molecules, and at the other are gigantic storm systems and the entire atmosphere itself, so that sizes may range from
0.0001 micron to 10, 000 km.

The precision of a photograph’s observation is always equal, always a constant, no matter if the subjects are people, places and things, or more ephemeral phenomena such as weather, light, space and beauty.

The ephemeral recorded in a photograph is specific: waves that travel for 7,000 miles across an ocean, water transformed from waves into atmosphere, dawn or evening light shimmering in the air above the ocean. Beauty, too, takes place in this particular, attached to and completely part of its object.

The objects or aspects known in this way - through our senses rather than by thought or non-sensuous intuition - start our minds moving back and forth. In a real picture of a real place our mind finds the limit of its starting place and the limitlessness of the world and the beauty beheld. We delight in the new found in the familiar.

Tod Gangler, founder of Art and Soul, is a printmaker of fine art color carbon process photographs and would like to remind us that the true nature of color is light. He will be taking us along a lyrical journey from the backs of bees aflight onto the bellies of buddhas hidden in the garden.

Carbon Printing

I print my work in the rare color carbon print process. Color photography was invented with this process, in 1869, by the frenchman Louis Ducos du Hauron. Carbon printing has always been the most difficult but also the most beautiful of all photo printing processes. The carbon print is also the ancestor of several other elite print making processes, including Carbro and Dye Transfer.

Like M. du Hauron, I mix pigments into homemade photo-sensitive emulsions. It takes days to expose, process and transfer these emulsions, to build a picture on Italian watercolor paper out of many layers of pigmented gelatin. Color carbon prints startle with their bravura visual syntax, describing rich colors, finest details, and subtly nuanced tone transitions in a way that no other print process can.


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