In the body of work “Cyanotype Impressions”, I use a modified cyanotype process to create photograms of botanical material. The process incorporates added moisture, and a very long exposure.
The plant material is sandwiched between the damp cyanotype coated paper and a sheet of glass and placed in the sun for hours or days. This miniature greenhouse causes the cyanotype chemistry to breakdown and interact with the plant material, to produce colour shifts and patterns which are unpredictable, magical and create an alternative impression of nature.
The title “Cyanotype Impressions” is a reference to the work of Anna Atkins, an 18th century photographer.