“The New Woman of the 1920s through the 1950s was a powerful expression of modernity, a global phenomenon that embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes in life and art. During this tumultuous period shaped by two world wars, women stood at the forefront of experimentation with the camera and produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.”
PREPARE PAPER – 1 teaspoon of tumeric > in shot glass > add 99% rubbing alcohol > fill shot glass to 3/4 > stir, until dissolved > use copy paper, cut and place in a disposable plate cover (it will stain!) > place a few sheets of paper towel over the paper in disposable plate > do this to catch any powder remains > let the paper soak solution, let sit for a few minutes, lay out in a dark room to dry, 10-15 minutes > set up, make a print ( keep out of bright light) > use a photo frame (glass) to hold objects in place during processing > In Sunlight, about 2-hours – OR – Blacklight, about an hour. Exposure depends on light.
FIXER – teaspoon of Borax, tap water > mix well in a glass > pour on the paper… bath it for a couple of minutes in the solution > quick rinse under tap water
You can use dried mint, coffee, or basil – anything with caffic acid, which converts the colorless silver ions in the photographic paper into dark silver to produce a negative image.
If using mint, make a strong mint tea by stirring 10g of dried mint leaves into 200ml of hot water. Leave to brew for 15min, then strain through a coffee filter into a new container. In another glass, measure out 200ml of cold water and add two 1000mg vitamin C tablets. Then gradually add 10g of bicarbonate of soda while stirring to help break down the bubbles. The bicarbonate helps the vitamin C dissolve and creates the alkaline conditions needed for the developer to work. Mix the two solutions together and leave to rest.
Make an acidic stop solution to halt the chemical reaction started by the developer. Just mix 5 ml of lemon juice with 200 ml of water.”