RestenergyStudios

photography and handcrafted prints

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 0 Sales

RestenergyStudios

photography and handcrafted prints

Minneapolis, Minnesota 0 Sales On Etsy since 2014

Announcement   I practice the art of platinum printing, a hands-on, historic, photographic process using precious metals to form beautiful images. What you see here is only a sampling of my photography, many additional images can be viewed on my website (www.restenergy.net). Thank you for visiting.

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I practice the art of platinum printing, a hands-on, historic, photographic process using precious metals to form beautiful images. What you see here is only a sampling of my photography, many additional images can be viewed on my website (www.restenergy.net). Thank you for visiting.

Mark Christianson

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Mark Christianson

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About Mark and his Photography

I have enjoyed photography ever since I grew up in southwestern Minnesota. While in middle school my grandmother lent me an SLR she no longer used, and I've been looking at the world through camera lenses ever since, especially when traveling. I am a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and currently reside in Minneapolis.

My aim in photography is to explore the world around us, and to use it as a way to see past the ignorable ordinary into the beautiful and intriguing. I am often interested in finding a different angle, a notable detail, texture, or shape; to focus in on some part of an object or scene.

Along the way I've become interested in historical processes, or alternative photographic processes, for making prints. In a digital age, these processes harken back to photography's roots, but they also can reintroduce the creation of photographs with the artist's own hands.

In particular, I have come to practice the art of platinum printing. Invented in the 1870s, this technique uses platinum and palladium salts, and light sensitive iron compounds, to create a stunningly beautiful black and white print with tremendous archival qualities.

I start my own digital photographs, convert them to black and white images, and print negatives on an ink jet printer. The negatives are the size of the final print, as platinum printing, like most alternative photographic processes, are contact prints. High quality cotton rag paper is then hand coated with the photographic chemistry (commercially coated papers for platinum prints haven't been available for more than a century). When dry, the negative and paper is put in a frame to hold them tightly together, and exposed to ultraviolet light. The print is then developed, cleared of unwanted chemicals, and washed, before being hung to dry. The result is a print of great beauty that will last for many lifetimes.

Additional photographs can be viewed at my website www.restenergy.net (linked to the right). If you see an image you'd like, but which isn't currently in my shop, or would like a framed print or a print in a different size, please feel free to contact me to see about availability and options.

I hope you enjoy my images. Thank you for visiting my shop.

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  • Mark Christianson

    Owner, Photographer, Print Maker

Shop policies

Last updated on January 2, 2014
Thank you for visiting my store. I use photography to explore the world around us, to see past the ignorable ordinary into the beautiful and intriguing. I am often interested in finding a different angle, a notable detail, texture, or shape; to focus in on some part of an object or scene. I also practice the art of platinum printing, a hands-on alternative photographic process invented in the 1870s using precious metals to form beautiful images on thick, high-quality, fine art paper. Many images are also available as archival inkjet prints. Many images can be seen on my website (www.restenergy.net). Contact me if you would like to arrange for a custom order of an image not currently listed in my shop.

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Returns and exchanges
If you print arrives damaged, or doesn't arrive at all, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss options for refund or replacement. Return or photos of the damaged print and package may be requested. If you are not satisfied with your print, you may return the print for a refund, less shipping charges. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Please contact me before returning the print or to arrange for a replacement.
Payment
Payment may be made via credit card or Etsy gift card. Your print will be prepared and shipped only after payment is received. Prints delivered to Minnesota address will be charged applicable sales taxes.
Shipping
Prints are made to order. Alternative photographic processes can sometimes be finicky. Please allow up to two weeks for a print to be completed and shipped. You will be notified when your purchase is shipped.

Shipping within the United States

Prints will be shipped flat (unless otherwise specified) via Priority Mail. Most Priority Mail packages will be delivered in 1-3 business days, but please allow up to two weeks for delivery, especially at peak mail times. If you have special shipping needs or time constraints, please contact us to discuss.

International Shipping

Prints set to addresses outside the United States will be sent via first class parcel post. Please allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery. Any customs fees, duties, or taxes due are the responsibility of the receiving customer.
Additional policies and FAQs
The images in my Etsy store are only a selection of my many photographs. If you see a photograph on my website (www.restenergy.net) that you would like as a print, please feel free to discuss a customer order with me.

Prints are shipped unframed and unmated, unless otherwise specified in the product description. This helps to reduce shipping costs and allows you to match your taste and decor in framing. To protect your print, please have it matted and framed shortly after you receive it in the mail. Suggestions for framing or storing your print, including care for longevity and other considerations, will be included. In general, arrival, acid-free, cotton rag matting is recommended. Prints should never be framed directly in contact with glass.

If you would like to receive your print framed or in a custom cut mat please contact me to discuss details and pricing. Extra time may be needed to complete framing and shipping.