Ray Bidegain is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. After working as a commercial photographer, he discovered platinum prints and started to teach himself this alternative photo process.
At first sight, gazing at his artwork we find ourselves in realities that are already well known to us, an everyday scenery of landscapes, figures and objects bathed in ferric oxalate.
Yet this simplicity in his photographs leads us to examine the surrounding quotidian shapes, run our eyes over the lines they draw in space turning to be beautifully unique each one between the rest in their particular details. These daily nature portraits deal with the nature of what it is, since it is and as it is. The unadorned, trivial and outstanding object in every photograph is remembering us its exceptional existence .
This essence put into relief leaves its final trace in the care of details for the form and the content.
The platinum printing method started as early as 1830. It's based on chemical development using ferric oxalate that reacts to UV light and then to platinum or palladium creating the image. Chemicals have to be hand applied on coated paper and the result provides a great tonal range. Platinum prints are the most durable of all photographic processes.
However, if you're curious on learning more about this method, you can check more details about the workshops he is currently running in Portland.