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Something old and something blue

I haven’t shared any news here on this page for many months and sometimes felt a little bit bad about it. But then I’m thinking of all the images I shared in my Instagram feed, all the updates I posted on my Facebook page, all the posts I published on my old, personal blog, all the things that showed up on one of the many platforms I’m using these days and I feel that all the things that needed to be said, have been said. Somewhere, everywhere, just not here. This morning, I thought it might be a good time to write a few lines about what I’ve been working on in the months that have passed since my last post here.

Following my desire to combine art and chemistry and create unique photographic artworks that you can hold in your hands, I began to experiment with the old alternative photographic process of cyanotype which was developed by the English astronomer and scientist Sir John Herschel in the middle of the 19th century. The last couple of months, I spent a lot of time with mixing solutions of green ammonium ferric citrate and red prussiate of potash (potassium ferrocyanide), coating paper in the darkroom, collecting pieces of plants and flowers and utilizing the power of the sun to make botanical contact prints in the beautiful shade of the inorganic pigment that is known as Prussian blue.

So far, I have made more than 200 of these photograms, photographic images created without the use of a camera, on paper in different sizes and formats, creating dreamy images of plants and other materials which I collected close to my home. More recently, I also used the process to make cyanotypes on wooden discs cut from a European larch tree which is a little bit more complicated but yielded some interesting results. You can see a few examples of artworks created with this technique in my analog portfolio here, a larger selection can be found on Flickr. Each cyanotype is an original and unique work of art, no print is alike. If you are looking for something that is a little bit different or need a special gift for a wedding or a birthday, have a look at my Etsy store. There might be one for you.