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Title: Forgotten negatives (Around 2010, I got my materials from a local photo lab that let me get scraps of unused photo paper for free. I sold hundreds of artworks made on these papers in different sizes and shapes. I liked the idea of using the long format to mimic a real film's negative on a larger scale. I worked as a professional photographer for 20 years and develop black and film every day. I will never forget the excitement of looking at the negatives through light and the printing process in a darkroom). In this rare painting, I chemically reversed the negative effect by using a photo reducer. Basically, it was a negative and physically transformed into a positive. Very unique.
Size: 18 x6 inches
Medium: ink on paper
Date: 2013. Dated and signed in front and in the reverse
I created a unique process where I paint by hand directly into different types of blank photo papers, using water, color inks, and some other unconventional household chemicals. Mixing them creates physical reactions that are instantly registered in the paper. The result is a painting with so much sharpness, tonal gradation, depth of field, and flowing movement that resembles the work of Nature.
I don't use a camera, a digital printer, or any other form of reproduction. Each painting is one of a kind.
Intrigued? I invite you to watch my video clips on youtube for a visual understanding of the medium that I am working with. Search my name Jose Tonito. My use of unusual materials and chemicals makes this process very complicated to explain and I find it easier to relay to the viewer watching some of my videos.