7 Bests of 2011 #2 – A love affair

I fell in love with a new (to me) technique – polymer photogravure.

I decided that with all of the left-brain work I was doing as a facilitator in Artist Inc. I needed to reward myself with a creative workshop. I was specifically looking for a workshop outside my discipline of photography, but when a short polymer photogravure workshop close to home presented itself I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure how it will present itself in my future work, but I know I am in love with this technique. Gravure employs so many elements that I have been desperately missing since giving up darkroom work – chief of them the tactile involvement and constant decision making that continues until the print is resolved. And another plus is that its historical significance photographically places it squarely within my central area of focus!  (I will write more in a later post about photo gravure itself.)

Thank you Debe Riley for the wonderful instruction and the perfect technique to present images from Guanajuato.



Photogravure taken of furnishings in Museo de Gene Byron, Marfil, Guanajuato


El Fusilado, Valenciana, Guanajuato


I’m looking for new workshop opportunities for 2012. Do you have any favorites?


  1. bigjim January 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    these are beautiful but nothing like how gorgeous they look in real life!! congratulations. i like how you made a top seven list instead of top ten!! you are in my top 7! xoj

    • Chris January 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks! You are in my top 7 too so you better be watching the blog this week!

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