Uelsmann explains how he created the Floating tTree and Peapod image. Typed Letter Signed, with hand written corrections, on verso of a copy print of his photograph untitled (Floating tree and peapod, 1969 original) 4to, Gainseville, FL, June 11, 1976
by UELSMANN, JERRY
. Writing on the back of a "copy print" which he so identifies, of this well known image, he explains the technical process to his friend Harry. It seems clear from the text that Harry would understand the photographic processes referenced in the letter suggesting Harry was also a photographer. Uelsmann specifically discusses his use of Cronapaque which, apparently, "Harry" introduced him to. Uelsmann says "how important Cronapaque has become in my darkroom play." He discusses the "Floating Trees" image on the reverse saying "the pea pod in water was introduce [sic] with Cronapaque" and continues, "was photographed on a black background… then printed on Cronapaque so that the positive pod appeared near bottom and rest of the Cronapaque is black…." He gives a full explanation of how he uses the "Cronapaque mask." Cronapaque, a trademark of the DuPont de Nemours company (patent filed 1959) is a translucent graphic arts film [according to a springer.com link to an article on neuroradiology]. Uelsmann ends with "Diane and I both hope this letter finds you in good health," and signs, "Friendly thoughts, Jerry." Diane [Diane Farris, the photographer] was Uelsmann's second wife whom he married in 1975.
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