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Photography: Photogram on Paper.
Printmaking: cyanotype, Photogram, sunprint on Paper.
This is a 19th century photographic process known as a cyanotype or photogram. When exposed to light, the deep indigo blue shade appears everywhere that no object covers the chemically treated paper. The stark contrast between this print's indigo and white lines almost resembles a block print.
This cyanotype was made placing grass directly on the treated paper and timing its exposure. Each print made in this way is entirely unique, as those particular hand-placed blades of grass were only in that composition on that sheet of photo paper once and have long since withered.
Cyanotypes are like a cross between printmaking, x-rays and painting with shadows. The overall effect reminds me of batik while the color makes me think of think Japanese shibori. They are technically a method of camera-free photography dating back to the mid-1800s. Each exposure happens in sunlight and the results once the print is washed and developed is always a bit magical and impossible to fully predict. That element of surprise each and every time is what attracts me to the process.
Unframed. On 140-pound archival acid-free watercolor paper.
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