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This is a Remington Standard Model 10 typewriter.
It was manufactured by E. Remington & Sons in Ilion, New York sometime around 1924. It’s a cast iron hulk of a typewriter; weighing in at roughly 37lbs. Wooden keys. Jet black finish. Mechanically, it functions perfectly even now with one of the most crisp margin bells I’ve ever heard. I’ll soon be restoring this classic beauty and I’m certain it will become my workhorse desk machine.
Why I chose to photograph it that night is lost to me now. Perhaps I was just itching to shoot something large.
This photograph was made using my 4×5 Speed Graphic Pacemaker (Marcus). Film used was Fomapan Indux R5, an orthochromatic industrial x-ray film, cut down and repurposed by the good folks at the Film Photography Project. It is an ultra-high contrast film stock and in this format possess virtually invisible grain and extreme acutance. It was then tray developed by visual inspection in Kodak D-76 at a 1:3 dilution.
The printing process involved a monumental amount of dodging and burning including a hybrid spit-grade contrast burn to maintain the etheric atmosphere over the keys. Paper used is resin coated 11×14 inch (trimmed slightly to approximately 11×13.75 inches) Arista EDU Ultra in a semi-matte finish. Development was a 1:3 dilution of Kodak Dektol followed by a two-bath fix in Clayton Odorless Rapid Fixer to ensure maximum archival life. Briefly toned with Selenium to further enhance the richness and survivability of the print.
The ghosting effect, and hence the namesake of the photograph, was the result of an ancient Celtic incantation drawn from a tattered red leather bound spell book I purchased from an elderly gypsy woman while on holiday in the north of Scotland. When recited under the full moon the words are told to wretch fourth any number of disembodied phantasms which happen to be residually lurking in the area. I can only assume this particular entity left our plane of existence after the photograph was completed but there’s no way to be sure and the book is missing a few pages.*
This print elicits a nearly three dimensional effect when viewed in person. The beautiful rendering from the Indux R5 film, along with the careful printing techniques employed make this an exceptional representation of traditional darkroom processes and Olde World mysticism.
The reverse of the print is stamped, titled and dated. Mounting shown is for display purposes only and is not included with the print sale.
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* I am, of course, only joking about the spell book and the ghost…or am I?