Photograms made by laying old bottles on gum-coated paper and exposing. I was especially intrigued with how "Astoria Milk" printed; the letters were simply clear glass raised a little from the surface (the bottle made in a mold), and I wouldn't have expected them to print white like that. The letters were actually about three inches from the emulsion, but printed quite sharply.

I made these quite early, before I had a darkroom or equipment to produce photographic contact negatives.

About the colors: In the days when I printed this series, I preferred very dull, greyed, unsaturated colors. I added the complementary color, or black, or both, to the pigment mix to dull the colors.

Copyright Katharine Thayer

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