Avebury – West Kennet Avenue

Avebury-West Kennet Avenue, Lith print from a 120 6x9cm negative

Avebury – the ‘Druid Stone’?

This anthropomorphic stone forms part of the West Kennet Avenue at Avebury in Wiltshire. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it appearing the way it does here. I can’t say I was really aware of the little hooded figure with the long beard I saw when I examined the negative. Maybe I imagined it; maybe this little druid has now moved on…

Disregarding any magical interpretations, this is a lith print on FOMA Fomatone MG Classic processed in Moersch EasyLith 1+1+40 @ 24ºC for 5 minutes. The negative was made on my Fuji GW690III using Kodak Tri-X film processed in PMK. The base print exposure was 1.5mins at f8 for a 8½x11¼” print; the bottom half was shaded for 30 sec, top half burned-in for additional 30 sec; no variable contrast filtration (it makes little difference to lith prints).

The first print I made had no burning-in at the top so, in an attempt to intensify the development in that area, I rinsed the whole print in plain water and then dipped the top half back into the developer for an additional 2-3 minutes. Unfortunately this gave the area a different colour in that area, which looked odd. In an attempt to rescue it I completed processing and then used gold toner to even out the colour. Here’s what that print looks like now.

Lith print gold toned

Lith print gold toned

Of course gold toning doesn’t turn prints gold as it might suggest, it actually imparts a bluish cast. This had the effect of evening-out the darkened, different-coloured area at the top, but the over-development in that area is still appearing a bit harsh. I prefer the straight lith print at the top where burning-in was done at the time of exposure, ensuring even development colour.

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