The Cyanotype Process

History:

The cyanotype was among the first completely realized non-sliver iron based process. Discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842. The process had the ability to offer permanent images in various blue tones. Herschel was a scientist and his investigations centered on the idea of experimentation for its own sake rather then for practical applications. The first commercial application of the cyanotype process started at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition on 1876, this Resulted in the adoption of the process for schematics and blueprint drawings used by engineers and builders for the next century.

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Anna Atkins created cyanotype images of algae, ferns, feathers and waterweeds, and is also considered the first woman photographer. She made thirteen known versions of her work titled British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions from 1843 to 1853. In October of 1843 she began publishing collections of her photograms and by the 1850s she began to publish more comprehensive collections of her work. Resulting in a three volume anthology which was the first publication to utilize to use a photographic process for scientific investigation and illustration.

 

 

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Temporary Photo Sculptures

Physically manipulating darkroom prints to remove them form the traditional 2-dimensions in which people are accustomed to experiencing the medium.

Exploring/ Questioning

  1. The objecthood of a photographic print.
  2. What makes a photograph a photograph?
  3.  The processes and materials of the medium.
  4. How has the definition of photography shifted in the contemporary landscape?

 

 

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Process

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A fast and simple technique that has the potential to transform inkjet prints into a unique image. First an image is printed on regular computer paper and then water is applied causing the image to bleed through to  the back of the paper. Resulting in washed out colors and a watery like texture.

Steps

  1. Prepare the print, before printing the image you many consider rotating it horizontally  using any image editing software. This is recommend due to the fact that the final image will be reversed.
  2. Print either a color or black-and-white image using common computer paper. Heavier papers will result the water settling on the surface of the print rather then bleeding through the back.
  3. Apply the water to the print, Placing the print image side up on either a paper towel or blotting paper. Using a spy bottle to dampen the paper, checking to see the amount of ink that is seeping through
  4. stop applying water when the image has achieved the desired look. Hang until drry

 

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