Before we say goodbye to the residency I thought I shall share my experiences with regard to the paper used for the salt print. Among the handful of papers that we tried out Canson Acrylic (cold press, 300gsm) seemed to be the better one, also being cheaper. The grains are a little different and less coarse as compared to the Fabriano Artistico (cold press, 300gsm) that we first started working with. So pictures seeking details are printed better and they tend to have a slightly warmer tone. The whites are pretty bright provided the negative is a OHP. The shadows open up nice while washing and the overall reddish tone that is typical of a salt print is achieved upon drying.
To get warm tones, Waterford hot press 200gsm works really well. But care should be taken while coating the paper because it absorbs very quickly. Results are good, quite of bit of detail in the shadows can be coaxed out but there seems to be a loss when it concerns the whites.
(Prints: L-R Fabriano Artistico and Canson Acrylic. From the series ‘Breaking Bread’)