Remember when I mentioned that I was going to use some photos from my black and white landscape week to print Cyanotypes? Well, I finally have them scanned in a ready for you!
You know I love working with cyanotypes, and it was great being able to work on some more through my class. I mean, I didn’t even have to use my own chemistry, and I got to test out some new papers, so as photo geeky as that may sound, it was super exciting.
While I just shared a few photos before, my theme for this project was “trees”. I looked at them from different angles and tried to show some unusual details and abstractions of a subject I work with all the time. Of course, I used the photo of my favorite tree, because, I just love that tree. I also took a couple close up shots of some cherry blossom trees around my house. They had some weird textures and growths on them that I thought were really interesting when viewed from a very close range. One of these images really makes me think of this crazy movie that we watched in one of my classes, Little Otik, because, you know, art school and crazy movies go hand-in-hand.
As for the process, things were a little different, and took some getting used to. Can I say that I’ve been spoiled by the sun? I’m pretty confident when printing outdoors, and took that confidence with me to class that day. Unfortunately, the light boxes are entirely different as far as developing times, and have a few other quirks. I kind of over exposed one print to the point where you could see the outline of where the lights were in the box…I’m not gonna show you that one, but you can take my word for it 🙂 After I got the hang of it, however, it was pretty amazing. Amazing like…I need to figure out how to build one of these myself so I can print at home on rainy days/at night, amazing. That’s been the only sad thing about this process for me; I’m limited to sunny days, which don’t always come often during the colder months. This is just one more thing for me to get attached to while at school. I guess I better appreciate the things I have access do before they’re gone. It’ll be over sooner than I think!
So with the quirks of getting used to new things, these aren’t quite the best cyanotypes I have ever made. I’m still pleased with them though. It was great having a chance to do this process again, and also great to get out and visit my favorite tree 🙂 Maybe I’ll give them another go over the summer, but for now, enjoy!