About the Model
Viktoria is an Austrian ballerina and art model originally from Austria where she danced with the Europa Ballett company. When she was 21, she moved to New York to pursue her dance and modeling career. She has appeared in numerous books and publications. A Richard MacDonald sculpture of Viktory can be seen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Image: 5 in. x 7 in.
Paper: 8 in. x 10 in. Bergger COT 320, 100% cotton
About the Photographer
Mark S. Choate is an author, photographer and publishing consultant in New York City. He has been making hand-made platinum and palladium prints since 2015.
Platinum and palladium prints are 19th century photographic processes that are reportedly the longest-lasting kind of photographic print that can be made, much longer than standard black and white prints that are based on silver. The reason for this is that platinum and palladium are noble metals that do not rust or tarnish.
Also known as platinotypes and palladiotypes, the prints themselves are made on natural fiber paper, where the little flecks of precious metal get embedded in the the fibers, leaving a subtly warm tone and a matte texture.
Of the two metals used -- platinum and palladium -- he uses palladium because of its warm tones. The tonal range of these prints are much richer than that of traditional silver prints -- there are more gradations between black and white and you can often see very subtle detail in the darkest parts of the photograph.