The Secret Life of Rock Pools No. 53/100 Photograph by Desiree Elizabeth Malan

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The Secret Life of Rock Pools No. 53/100

Desiree Elizabeth Malan

South Africa


Size: 13 W x 18.9 H x 0 D in

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Photography: Color, Photogram on Paper.

This cyanotype (or photogram) is part of a series called "The Secret Life of Rock Pools. There are 100 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 photo sensitive emulsion in the studio and take it to the beach where I make photograms using seaweed, sand and other bits and pieces collected from the rock pools. Each piece is placed with thoughtful consideration and precision to create works of interest and depth.