Prison Blues by Rene Hales

Palladium with blue gum over. Printed on Fabriano Artistico. Palladium printing is an alternative process that was used after WWI. It is based on the platinum printing process and became popular due to the cost of platinum. Often use with varying amounts of platinum to make the prints more affordable.

Canon EOS 30D, Infrared only. Shot with Lensbaby 2.0.

Artist Statement:
Dreams catch us in sleep and sometimes when we are awake. They enrich, mystify, and enlarge our perspective. Sometimes we even capture their essence in our work. These images bring the feeling of confinement and release through blue blurs at an abandoned prison in Santa Fe, NM.

Artist Bio:
Rene Hales started photographing using 35mm film in 1990. She has progressed to work incorporating digital elements, but has returned in part to the darkroom to add handson elements to her images. Rene feels that part of the joy of creating the images is getting your hands in the process. Recent work has appeared in a two-person show “Botanicals” at the M. S. Rezny Gallery in Lexington (2009). She also sponsored an Alternative Processes Photography Exhibition at the Berea Arts Council in 2009.

My work has appeared in shows in Kentucky and has been purchased by Georgetown College, ORCCA Inc & The Saint Joseph Women’s Center.


I also have galleries on a PBASE site at

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  • Rachel Leigh
    Rachel Leighover 6 years ago

    Very cool, love the selective focus. Great mood!

  • Di Dowsett
    Di Dowsettover 6 years ago

    nice!!!!!! love it!

  • Tollwut
    Tollwutover 6 years ago


  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 6 years ago

    Rachel, Di and Tollwut, thank you so much for the comments. I am feeling welcomed.—Rene

  • Voila and Black Ribbon
    Voila and Blac...over 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful shot !…but I want to see more art from you ;-)

  • Thank you.—Rene

    – Rene Hales

  • gemynd
    gemyndover 6 years ago

    like the emotive nature of this and the way you switch between forground and background each telling a story

  • gemynd, thank you so much for the kind comment.—Rene

    – Rene Hales

  • David Amos
    David Amosover 4 years ago

    Beautiful process, I love it!!

  • David, thank you very much.—Rene

    – Rene Hales

  • Paul  McIntyre
    Paul McIntyreover 4 years ago

    love this work,the border is very good. well done, this should be featured somewhere

  • thank you! That is such a nice comment. I really appreciate it.

    – Rene Hales

  • John Linton
    John Lintonover 4 years ago


  • John, so glad you like it.—Rene

    – Rene Hales

  • Lentamente
    Lentamenteabout 4 years ago

    Great work !! Nice treatment !! I love the effect !!

  • Thank you so much for your most kind comment.

    – Rene Hales

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