Saturday, 31 August 2013

Cyanotypes and Sunshine

Poppy Patch a cyanotype by Christine Kashuba
This summer I have been revisiting the Cyanotype process and creating images with the sun as the active agent. The possibilities are endless and on a sunny day I could be found going around the hillside with a piece of cardboard sourcing out places to create images.  My favorite this summer is this Poppy Patch which was created on a very hot, sunny Okanagan summer day.  The poppies were in full bloom and the shadows were strong.  The prepared paper was placed on the ground in the shadow of the poppies with selected poppies laid directly on the paper.  Sunshine activated the chemicals and after it was washed, voila the image appeared.  Similar to developing darkroom images there are controlled and uncontrolled elements in creating cyanotypes which make it an interesting and exciting media to work with.  A great source of information about cyanotypes is this Alternative Photography site.

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