There is no substitute for real world testing…like 20 feet of salt water and 3 months in the direct sun! Its been five years since the tragic devistation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, many parts of Lousiana, Alabamba, Georgia and Florida that sustained terrible damage have still not been completely rebuilt. One of my customers discovered in the aftermath that prints made with Piezography Warm Neutral inks were able to sustain immersion in salt water as well as direct display under the sun! While Piezography inks are undergoing long term testing at Aardenburg Image Archives, this type of real-world testing is improbably available.
|The photographer, Tina Freeman wrote to Jon Cone:
Illustrated you will see a scan of the Piezotone print that survived 20 feet of salt water and three months in the blazing southern sun. This print was framed and you can see the mark that the mat made but the print area is pristine and exactly matches the image before the storm. In the other image you will see the site of the house where the image was found- the house that the print was in was completely demolished, this house was next door. These prints, two of about fifteen were found showed no evidence of fading!
These prints are tough- no silver print would have survived intact this trial, we are still looking for images and yet to find any more but they may be buried beneath the rubble in the house which is about 150 yards northeast of the original site. Your prints survive!