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Reticulation

Michael Teres

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Reticulation is commonly viewed as a processing error caused by extreme changes in the temperature of film developing solutions. The result is a pattern or texture, a crinkling of the gelatin emulsion, and a migration of the silver particles, which clump together into varying patterns.

Reticulation need not always be a mistake. In fact, it can be used as a deliberate technique to create textures and manually distort the photographic image. It is one means of shifting from the traditional “taking” of photographs to the “making” of images through post-visualization. You can select individual frames from normally ...

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