Freaks 2013. Aleksandra Helena Ratasiewicz. Vintage photography. Fine art.
Gołdap is a charming small SPA town in the North-East of Poland, in Warmia and Masuria region, near the Russian border. It is located in the historic land of Lithuania Minor. The former Szyłajty village received town privileges in 1570 from Duke Frederick Albert. The town has about fourteen thousand inhabitants. The name comes from the Old Prussian language, where Galdo meant a long valley and Ape – a river, which together signifies a “river in a valley”.
The town and the neighbourhood was the birthplace of many people whose story I try to present. Some of them are outstanding individuals: artists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, mechanics, stonecutters, collectors, musicians, teachers, builders and many more. Most of them live in or are connected with Gołdap. The one feature that is common for all of them, regardless of materials status or level of intelligence, is fondness of alcohol.
This is a never-ending story. Because of the nature of the project, it lives its own life. The newcomers will write their own histories as well as that of the town itself. If they attract my attention, they will appear on the subsequent, now empty pages of the book of curious personalities of the town of Gołdap.
You are welcome to meet people whose behaviour and lifestyle is eccentric to say the least and sometimes quite shocking too.
Artwork framing is the most important part which decides about a work of art’s presentation and its exhibition value. There is conscious communication between the framing and a work of art, they complement each other and create the final visual effect of a photograph. A well thought-out choice of the right material gives a photograph a life of its own. Fine art photography which is intended for auction sale or exhibition, being not only an item of artistic value, but also of collector’s value, has to meet certain standards.
The wood used for making profiles has 8-12% of moisture content and usually is hardwood from beech, ash, alder, maple, oak, fruit trees or tropical trees. It is always the best quality timber, free of knots, sapstain or other defects. The wood I use for framing is usually seasoned in natural conditions for a few or more than ten years. Panels of wood, before they are milled, mature for a few weeks to prevent distortion of profiles. After obtaining a desired shape, the ready material is seasoned for another few weeks. A ready profile gets into my hands and the painstaking processing of each frame begins, one by one, for several months. Every frame is made with my own hands, thanks to this its uniqueness is exceptional. The material used to protect wood after processing is mostly oil. A photograph has no direct contact with the frame and glass.
Passe-partout is made of foam board which meets the requirements of ISO 90706 and has direct contact with the print, at the same time increasing its durability. ISO standards define requirements that have to be met by a product made from paper, so that it could have direct contact with print for many years. Passe-partout is a kind of packaging that protects the work of art.
ISO standards are as follows:
– acid-free quality – pH 7 minimum means the material is not acidic. Chemicals used in paper production, together with the environment pollution and climate cause acidification of paper, that is to say cellulose fibers are broken down making paper look yellowish and start to crack
-in order to make material more acid-free magnesium carbonate or calcium carbonate is added so-called buffer/alkaline reserve, according to the standards the content of a buffer should be between 3 to 5% – this is so-called durability.
-a vital factor in paper production is the choice of material that will be used for making the product. The standards require to use Alpha cellulose, material that has long and strong fibers. The material used for paper production doesn’t contain lignin. Thanks to high quality resources being used, no optical brighteners need to be added, which normally prevents efflorescence in paper.
-recycled material is not used in production.
A photograph is attached to a passe-partout only with an acid-free tape, durable, of 8,5 g/m2 with alkaline reserve. It has a natural, non-yellowing adhesive. If the passe-partout or the backing of a photograph has direct contact with the print, the acidic content will affect the cardboard. Thus, in order to keep the highest quality of a print, we use top quality foam board.
It’s also possible to frame a photograph in a UV glass. The main purpose of the glass it to physically protect a work of art against harmful factors such as: air humidity, temperature, dirt and scratching, and most importantly ultraviolet radiation.
– Aleksandra Helena Ratasiewicz
– author Fryderyk Danielczyk
– one of the series of works Freaks
– place – Gołdap
– limited edition 7 pcs
– number ?/7
– made from a negative
– original print, Baryte paper – black-and-white photography
– original frame made of beech Wood 8-12% of moisture content, covered with matte oil based on natural Chinese oils, natural wood colour, original imprint in the lower right corner
– backing made of acid-free cardboard – original imprint in the lower right corner
– passe-partout made of acid-free foam board, with neutral pH adhesive and alkaline buffer, durable, without any optical brighteners. The board meets the requirements of ISO 9706 and PAT (Photographic Activity Test) standards and has an obverse and reverse
– date of making the negative 2015
– date of making the print 2015
– original print 40,5 cm x 50,5 cm
– print doesn’t have direct contact with the glass and frame
– signed on the reverse with a pencil
– fine art photography
Waiting period for the order completion 60 days
The entire series is available at www.fryderykdanielczyk.com