- Shots/on\Stone are genuine black & white analog prints on natural stone tiles, developed by hand in a darkroom using traditional techniques
- Because of the analog process and natural stone the prints are developed on, Shots/on\Stone offer us a brand new and unmistakably unique way to experience the photographs we take, entirely different to the photos one might get from online digital print orders
- Each Shot/on\Stone is created using a rare process whereby the stone is hand-coated in photographic emulsion and hand-developed, resulting in artistic prints that have a minimal aesthetic and are full of character
- In a world where our memories are increasingly stored within hard drives or remotely in the 'cloud’, Shots/on\Stone encourage us to once again establish real, tangible connections with the photographic images we create
- Artist designs, limited editions and custom prints are available - Pledge for a custom print reward and get one of your very own photos developed as a Shot/on\Stone - Whilst the technique I use is analog, don't worry, it works great for developing digital photos!
Throughout my life, I have been passionate about analog photography and the special feeling you get from shooting on film. And it was this love for the analog world which inspired me to set-up my own darkroom last year - I wanted to go back and explore the roots of photographic printing processes but also to discover new ways to display the photos I took (both analog and digital). I yearned to get away from a life spent staring at my photographs through screens - Instead, I dreamed of producing prints which I’d want to touch and hold in my hands in order to re-live my memories in fresh forms.
After some experimentation with different techniques, I discovered a way to develop black and white photographs on stone in a darkroom. I tried it out and was really pleased with the results and how my photos became fused with the natural textures of the stone’s surface.
I also loved the fact that I created these prints by hand using traditional photographic techniques. Nowadays, with the dawn of digital, the silver gelatin darkroom process is unfortunately becoming rarer and developing photos on stone is even more uncommon. So with Shots/on\Stone, I am proud to be continuing a photographic tradition which stretches back to the end of the 19th century.
Over the past months, I have poured my art and soul into practicing the technique. I have exhibited the photographic works I have produced so far within my home City of Vienna, Austria. I am thrilled with the interest I have received and would love to begin offering Shots/on\Stone further afield - So that's why I'm here!
Each of the rewards on offer during this Kickstarter project has exclusive savings (approximately 5-10%) on the planned retail price.
Firstly, a very limited number of backers have the opportunity to pledge to have one of your very own photos developed in a darkroom as a Shot/on\Stone. By backing for a custom print reward, you can transform your most precious memories into photographic artworks to be displayed in your home - Shots/on\Stone are effortless conversation starters when guests are visiting.
Whilst the technique I use is an analog printing process, don't worry, it works great for developing digital photos. So you can easily get your digital SLR photos or even your Instagram shots developed as a Shot/on\Stone. Custom print backers will also be sent the negative which I use to create your positive Shots/on\Stone print.
Please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the Custom Print Rewards.
Additionally, a number of my own photographs and designs are available to purchase as 20x20cm (7.8"x7.8") Shots/on\Stone prints...
Finally, I am offering two larger scale pieces of my photographs developed on stone which are available in limited editions of only 3. There is a 60x40cm/23.6"x15.7" print (spread over six 20x20cm/7.8"x7.8" stones) of the view over Meteora in Greece and a 60x60cm/23.6"x23.6" print (spread over nine 20x20cm/7.8"x7.8" stones) of Cappadocia in Turkey. Each of these Limited Editions will be signed and numbered and will also come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
As genuine analog prints, Shots/on\Stones bring back elements of playfulness, excitement, magic and surprise to photographic print-making. In a darkroom, each stone is hand-coated with liquid emulsion to make it sensitive to light. Then a negative image is exposed onto the stone using a technique known as contact printing (using a full size negative and placing it directly against the photographic emulsion). Once it has been exposed, the stone is soaked in developer and fixer chemicals and washed in water. Finally, the photograph is painted with two coats of UV protective varnish to help ensure it will last for years to come.
The result is an image with a minimal aesthetic which is crafted with love and which is unequivocally unique. The process is slow (with all the steps, the complete procedure for creating a single stone can take up to a week) but for me it’s worth every ounce of time it takes. Because when you look at a Shot/on\Stone, you aren’t just seeing a photograph, you are viewing something which has a real, living history and an image which has become fused with the natural patterns and markings of the stone. Since there is no frame around the stone, or glass covering it, you are instinctively drawn to establish a direct, tangible connection with your photograph by touching it and feeling the natural stone surface beneath.
Shots/on\Stone are developed on Solnhofen natural limestone, which comes from Germany. The stone tiles used are not honed or polished, so they retain their natural surface texture.
Solnhofen stone varies in color from creamy yellows and tan browns to light grays and whites. It is formed from lime sediments which were deposited over 150 million years ago and is renowned as one of the most durable limestones on the planet.
Solnhofen stone is also blessed with a rich artistic history. As well as having been used by builders and sculptors throughout the ages, it was famously employed by Alois Senefelder as the basis for the lithographic process which he invented in 1798. Artists including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali went on to utilize Solnhofen for lithographs they produced. So Solnhofen of course felt like the natural choice for Shots/on\Stone too!
One of the main reasons I love shooting analog is the element of surprise it brings to the photographic process. Because you need to wait until your roll of film is developed to see the results, you shoot ‘in the moment’ and, when you take your film to the lab, have cherished feelings of anticipation about exactly how your photos will turn out.
And with Shots/on\Stone, I wanted to bring these very same feelings of excitement to photographic print-making. Because I hand-paint photographic emulsion onto the stones and develop the images using an analog process, there is no way to predict exactly how the final photo will appear. And the differences in each stone I develop on adds even more to the uniqueness of Shots/on\Stone prints. Every Solnhofen tile has different natural textures and tones to the next one; so even the very same photograph, developed in the same way, will appear differently depending on the stone.
Shots/on\Stone take us back to a time before digital clones, before we could copy/paste presets or automatically apply filters to our photos. They are designed for the photographic gamblers among us; those who love surprises and believe in the magic of unique images.
Of course, this also means that there is an element of risk to backing this project and I want to acknowledge this and be as honest as possible about it right from the start. I’m afraid it’s impossible for me to guarantee exactly how your Shot/on\Stone will look but I really hope that you (like me) are attracted to this idea of surprise and chance. And, of course, what I can and do 100% guarantee is that I will only send you a photographic print which I believe befits the fantastic trust you are placing in me as a backer of this project - naturally, I will check every stone before developing on it to make sure it will fit well with the photographic image.
Please Note: To avoid over-complicating the project, it unfortunately will not be possible for you to pick or preview the exact stone your image will be developed on.
I believe I have made good progress with Shots/on\Stone and am at a stage where I am reasonably confident and consistent with the technique. I currently plan on producing and dispatching the Artist Prints and Limited Edition Prints first (September/October/November) and then the Custom Prints (December/January). This is because I already have experience producing the Artist Prints and Limited Editions and this also gives Custom Print backers a little longer to decide on which photos to have developed. If the campaign happens to be quite successful, I may need to push the estimated delivery dates back a little for some backers - But I will communicate any changes as accurately as I can in the pledge tiers and within project updates.
By backing this project and helping it reach its goal, you'll enable me to place the order of stones and other raw materials which I can then use to create your rewards. I would truly appreciate your support!
I have tried to find the best rates I can to ship the rewards and have added shipping costs for the EU (plus some surrounding countries), USA and Canada into the pledge levels. If you are interested in backing the project but your country isn’t listed in the rewards, please feel free to reach out to me for a shipping quote (but please be aware that the shipping costs will likely be higher than those listed for other countries - unfortunately, shipping stones isn't cheap).
And an extra note for backers in Vienna - It’s possible to pick up your rewards in person for FREE! To do this, simply select the country ‘Réunion’ as your shipping country and no shipping fees will be added. Then, when your reward is ready I’ll get in touch to arrange the collection.
I really couldn’t have got this far with Shots/on\Stone without the support of a whole bunch of people. Firstly, a BIG thanks to all my friends and family in the UK and Austria. In particular to Ina who has been a HUGE help throughout! Also a shout-out to the fantastic crew at Kunstkanal for all their support over the past months - Especially to Thomas (Thomas Poganitsch Design), Alex (Lenseapart) and Milan. Additionally, thanks to all my good friends at Lomography for their awesome analog vibes. Thanks also to the members of the Alternative Photographic Processes Group for the inspiration from many talented and experienced photographers working with alternative processes. And thank-you to photographers such as Jill Enfield, Birgit Graschopf and others for pioneering working with liquid emulsion on surfaces such as tiles and stone years before now. Finally, a big thanks to Lucas and Artur from Tightrope Films for the awesome job with the video!
Risks and challenges
Over the past months, I have worked hard to prepare Shots/on\Stone and hone the production technique. I have also tried to estimate the delivery dates quite conservatively in the hope that the rewards can be delivered on schedule. I plan to order raw materials as soon as the campaign is over and hope that I will have everything ready to start producing the rewards within a month of the campaign closing.
Having said that, this is a one man operation and each Shot/on\Stone does take quite some time to produce. So there is always a risk that delays might happen and to avoid disappointment I would therefore appeal to you to please not order a Shot/on\Stone as a gift for a loved one for an occasion happening in 2016 (even though I really hope I can dispatch most rewards this year) - Because I myself have seen planned Kickstarter gifts arrive later than estimated and know it can be a frustrating experience - And I would really hate to ruin someone’s birthday or Xmas! I promise that if any problems do occur, I will remain communicative with you throughout.
The other most likely issues I foresee are with the custom rewards and shipping. For the custom print rewards, these are more time-consuming to produce because each one is a 'one-off' - also some images lend themselves to being developed as Shots/on\Stone better than others (please read the FAQ section for more regarding this point). For shipping, this will be the first time I ship outside of the EU and protecting the stones adequately is of course very important. But I will do everything I can to make sure I am prepared to deliver Shots/on\Stone without issues and hope that the process runs smoothly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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