Cyanotypes

Where did my attraction to the color blue start? Did it start with my Grandmother’s vast collection of “Flow Blue China” or is it from all the blueprints and blue lines I have handled over the years. Cyanotype, more commonly known as a blueprint, was a photographic process discovered by the Victorians in the early 19th century. Unique for its striking Prussian blue color, prints are made by exposing an object or a negative in contact with prepared paper to the sun or an ultra violet light source.

Recently, I have been interested in incorporating the aesthetics of Chinese ink painting with photography. The Cyanotype seemed a good candidate for such a union; preparing the paper provides expression of the brush stroke and the photographic negative provides the structure/bones of the image. I find the tactile involvement very satisfying because it slows me down and helps me focus on my feelings at the moment. A seemingly average image printed conventionally can become special if I pursue a more personal interpretation of the subject.