The Secret Life of Rock Pools No. 12 - Limited Edition 1 of 1 Photograph by Desiree Elizabeth Malan

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Photography: Photogram, Photo on Paper.

This cyanotype is part of a series called "The Secret Life of Rock Pools". There are 100 original cyanotypes in this series which are all made at low tide in tidal pools on the South African shoreline. I use a historical photographic process from the 1840's to capture life in tidal pools. The photographs are developed in the sun on the beach and I like to think of my work as a collaboration with nature. I coat good quality watercolour paper with a photosensitive emulsion in the studio and take it to the beach where I make sunprints of marine life in tidal pools. Each piece is placed with thoughtful consideration and precision to create works of interest and depth.

I hope that viewers of my work will be reminded of how much life there is in the ocean when we look deeper than the surface. I also hope that by viewing my work, the viewer will experience a sense of calmness and harmony, the same soothing feelings I experience when I watch life in rock pools.

Size: A2
59.4cm H x 42cm W
23.3" H x 16.5"W
Medium: 300gsm Hanemuhle Britannia Watercolour Paper, Acid Free, Age Resistant
Unframed Original Cyanotype



The Secret Life of Rock Pools No. 12 - Limited Edition 1 of 1

Desiree Elizabeth Malan

South Africa


Size: 16.5 W x 23.4 H x 0 in

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