I saw these images and was absolutely blown away at how beautiful they were. I read a little further and apparently he actually prints on a transparent velum and then applies the gold leaf to the back of the print. I think the thing that I am most impressed with is the fact that the print process doesn't 100% make the prints, even if the images were printed as silver gelatin they would still be good images. The gold leaf adds such a quality though that the images take on a whole new dementionality and just utter richness. It feels like the printing process of royality and the Vatican, I could seriously see this style on the walls of Vatican City.
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