Mark Burley Photography
I am based in Bedfordshire in the UK. I shoot mostly black and white images with both digital and film based cameras. I use filters to get the final image in camera or on film when I shoot. I rarely retouch my images preferring to use only contrast and brightness as well as dodging and burning to achieve the final results. I visualise the finished image in the field before I shoot and will take notes to remind me of the time and method of shooting, including F-stops and timed exposures for film based negatives.
My prints in the darkroom are always printed on Fibre-based paper and are quite often split-toned using a combination of Selenium and Sepia. The negatives are usually 35mm or 6x6cms but I am experimenting with a 5x4inch camera and hope to get to grips with this over the next year.
I will scan a finished darkroom print and print multiple copies using my digital print system. I find this gives me a great deal of flexibility and reduces the printing time for multiple copies.
My black and white digital images are currently printed by an Epson 3800 using the pigment ink series guaranteed for sixty years or more with most being printed directly onto Hahnemuele Photo Rag which gives a rich black that I like. If I'm printing in colour then I prefer The Langton Not 140lbs (Cold pressed) Grain Fin. Watercolour paper with a deep grain. I feel this enhances my colour work and imparts a more painterly feel which I prefer.
I do sell my images as prints only as well as matted and/or framed. Which ever the customer prefers. All of the images are in three runs. The first or largest edition is in a run of five only. Then the next edition fits into a 50x40cms matted board as a run of 25. Then the last or the smallest which fit onto an A4 or A5 will be in an edition of 50.
I regularly exhibit in galleries and have a wide range of printed cards and envelopes.