THE DANCE © 1990
Big Cypress Reservation
Photographic Story I took this photograph at a Seminole celebration and there was a lot of distraction in the background, so I decided to play around with the image in the darkroom. When I printed the photograph, and after I exposed it, I took the dry paper and attached it in an upright position on a piece of foam core in the darkroom. Then used a sponge and put developer onto the print letting it run down the paper. While I did that I exposed the photo with a flashlight, which “bronzed” the photograph. I added stop bath to areas that I didn’t want to have runny. I let the background be streaked and runny and that solved the distraction in the background of the photograph. Then I put the whole thing in the fix. It was tricky and I used a LOT of paper before I got one I liked. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Niki prints her images on fiber-base black and white mat surface paper in the darkroom, then using Q-tips and cotton balls, she applies a thin coat of oil paint over the surface allowing the image to gently be seen through the oil paint. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.