Friday, 26 August 2011

cyanotype experiments

Having got hold of the chemicals to treat paper myself rather than relying on the pre-treated store bought paper I can start really experimenting with this technique.

First thing I am trying is creating negatives of digital photos and exposing them;

treated paper being exposed, negatives held in place by sheets of glass

An exposed image. Not a bad start but not enough mid-tones. That might be the negative or development length. Images can be toned with bleaches and tea which might help.

As above but a bit clearer. I will try a making negatives of a few close up images of greater contrast rather than wide landscapes and see if they are better.

A biscuit fired ceramic tile coated with cyanotype chemicals gave me this print from a skeletal leaf. I dont know how stable it will be (would it survive firing under a glaze?) but a potentially exciting way to decorate ceramic surfaces.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


College summer project - find an old postcard and respond to it using what we have learned in yr1 and thinking about our choices for yr2.

Black Rock, Brighton. Before 1934.

Initial brainstorming of ideas for this project seems to have given me enough material for a couple of years. I now have to start editing and focusing. 

While my kiln is out of action and my other projects are on hold I have been experimenting with camera-less photography. Below are a few cyanotypes which are playing with an idea I had from the postcard - trying to find continuity amongst all the change that this scene has experienced; The seaweeds at the base of the cliff and the vegetation on its top.


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