True Love!


I’m not an advocate of carving names or initials into tree trunks but I often document them. I initially read the first as USA but I think it is in fact LISA. These four examples are from the Lake District.

Each is a 6 x 9 inch platinum/palladium print made using the 19th century platinum printing process. Shot with a digital SLR each image was processed in photoshop to produce a negative which was then printed on Pictorico OHP transparency film. The final prints were made on Bergger COT-320 paper.




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Platinum/Palladium Prints


An ongoing series of platinum/palladium prints (5.5 inch x 8.25 inch) photographed in Maryport, Cumbria. Above is Sincerity, below is the  Stjernen, Our James and Balcary.

Shot with a digital SLR and processed/converted to B&W in Lightroom. The negatives were processed in Photoshop and printed on Pictorico transparency film. The platinum/palladium prints were made on Bergger COT-320 paper.

The contact print process and the remarkable moment when the print appears can be seen to great effect in this video by Paul Cunningham: Platinum Print Process


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Magazine Publication


Four of my platinum/palladium prints of the Somme have been published in the April issue of Black + White Photography magazine.

The images were made with a vintage Vest Pocket Kodak loaded with Efke R100 film during a visit to the Somme, Arras and Ypres in 2015.

Developed eighteen rolls of film on my return; more of the images can be seen on my website at: The Great War

Platinum/Palladium Print – Stacks of Duncansby


This platinum/palladium print is one of a series of images made at Duncansby Head with a 1968 Hasselblad 500C. The lens in the photo is a Sonnar 4/150 but the sea stack image was made using a Distagon 4/50. Planning to return and spend more time at this location and may visit Orkney to photograph The Old Man of Hoy and Yesnaby sea stacks.

A short video from George Eastman House which explains the platinum process can be viewed at:

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Platinum/Palladium Sea Stacks


I’ve put the bathroom to good use and made a few prints following my visit to Duncansby Head, Scotland.

Colour negative film converted to b&w in Lightroom. Digital negatives (8 x 8 inch) were processed in Photoshop and then printed on Agfa CopyJet film. The prints were made on Arches Platine paper.

Camera: Hasselblad 500C. Lens: Distagon 4/50. Daytime long exposure photos using a 10-stop ND filter and a 3-stop ND grad.



© Simon Howlett 2014. All rights reserved

New Year’s Day Platinum Prints


Happy New Year!

Had a great start to 2014 making platinum prints from night photos of Berwick-upon-Tweed, a place close to my heart. I visited in October last year and was following in the artist L.S. Lowry’s footsteps. Berwick has a Lowry Trail which is fun to walk and gives a fascinating insight into his paintings of the town.


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Platinum Prints – Berwick at Night


A series of platinum/palladium prints from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland; a place close to my heart. The photographs were shot with a digital SLR from which I made digital negatives. Printed on Bergger COT-320 paper; landscape/portrait prints are 5 x 8 inch, panoramic prints 4 x 8 inch and square format prints are 5 x 5 inch.

I’ve made larger prints but I like them at these sizes, especially when framed in a 12 x 16 inch or even a 16 x 20 inch frame. Platinum prints have great depth, beautiful tones and a presence that is hard to describe.


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Platinum/Palladium Prints on Bergger COT-320


I’ve recently started printing with Bergger COT-320 paper which I’m extremely pleased with. I generally coat the paper with a glass rod but decided to brush coat these. Drop count was 9 0 8 2 and exposure time was 4 minutes under a bank of 7 UV tubes. I’ll still be working with Arches Platine but I’m so pleased with the results from the Bergger it will now be the paper I reach for.

The first is the Stjernen at Maryport and the second is Carlisle Cathedral, Cumbria.

These prints (5 x 8 inch) along with others are for sale. More details can be found on my website:


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Prints for Exhibition


A selection of digital, pinhole and platinum prints I’ve been getting ready in preparation for a joint exhibition to be held the last two weeks of August 2013 at the Allhallows Centre in Fletchertown, Cumbria. If you’re in the area and can attend I’d really appreciate it. Details of the venue can be found at:

On another note, there seems to be a problem when I comment on other WordPress sites. My comment disappears when I hit the ‘post comment’ button so is possibly being regarded as spam. I’ve been in touch with WordPress who say there’s a temporary problem. Please let me know if you find a comment from me that’s been flagged up as spam. Thanks 🙂

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Platinum Print and Negative




A 5 x 8 inch print made on Arches Platine paper. I’ve recently returned from a 2 week visit to the Isle of Skye. The weather was pretty poor during my stay but I came back with a handful of images that I feel pleased with:

Met a couple of other photographers out at Neist Point and visited some galleries. Next year I’ll be spending 2 weeks in the Highlands photographing Loch Assynt, Suilven and the surrounding area.

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