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Cyanotypes

As an artist who mainly works with digital images, I often wished to make something that is a little bit more unique, something you can hold in your hands immediately. I still wanted to continue working with light and when I did some research on alternative photographic processes that might be suitable for me, I quickly stumbled over cyanotype, a contact printing process discovered by the English astronomer and scientist Sir John Herschel in 1842. The light-sensitive paper used in this process is made by coating with a mixture of green ammonium ferric citrate and red prussiate of potash (potassium ferrocyanide). When exposed to sunlight leads to the formation of a dark blue pigment known as Prussian blue. I began to experiment with this process in September 2016 and made my first contact prints using small flowers and leaves I had picked at the end of summer and dried between the sheets of a heavy book. To add a little extra, I applied splashes of red acrylic paint before I coated the paper which works very well with the blue and white of the cyanotype print.

The pictures of the second series are pure photograms without acrylic paint splashes and were made in April 2017 with the branches of different trees and shrubs. They show young leaves and delicate blossoms, the first signs of the new spring.

During the last months, I have worked with different objects, techniques, paper types and sizes so this is just a small portion of the cyanotypes I’ve made so far. You can find a somewhat large selection of my work and also some process pictures in my Instagram feed. Some of these original and unique artworks are also available in my Etsy store.