Bromoils at Randall Roberts Silver Print Studio
A bromoil is a pigment print photographic process combining painting, graphic arts and film photography. It was used at the turn of the 20th century and has all but died off along with that generation, with the exception of a handful of obsessed crazy people living in the 21st century. It has always been considered a difficult process, requiring the skills of visual perception at the capture of an image, the technical knowledge of exposure and development of film and print, and finally the hand skills of a
painter. It is a labor intensive process taking 4 days not including the photographic time in the field. By manipulating the hogsfoot brush and the ink I can vary the texture and mood of the bromoil allowing me unlimited creative and artistic expression. The final image may be impressionistic, grainy, or silky smooth but always showing an ephemeral light like no other process can.