If you’ve followed my Instagram posts these blue prints should look familiar. I started making cyanotypes using this old-fashioned alternative process photography printmaking technique last summer. It brings the magic of watching a darkroom print develop to the fresh air and sunshine of being outdoors and making art!
To make a print, the cyanotype chemicals are brushed onto a surface, watercolor paper in this case, and let air dry in the dark. To expose prints, a negative image or object is placed over the paper. After the chemistry has been exposed a while and reaches a shade of green-gray, the paper is washed in water. Where the paper is exposed to sunlight UV the chemistry oxidizes and remains on the paper, where the UV is weaker or blocked the chemistry is washed away.
Chemistry remaining turns from green-gray to blue when washed in plain old water. After a rinse, the print is treated with household hydrogen peroxide and turns the deep blue seen in this image.
It’s a fantastically simple, easy and enjoyable alternative process and analog printmaking technique.
Work in progress: Pampas grasses making sun print cyanotype photograms
On a sunny April Saturday 10 years ago today I joined Rachelle & Josh for their springtime wedding celebration at the Morris Estate Chapel in Niles, Michigan. Colorful tulips were in bloom outside the former Centre Meeting House, now a country chapel where the newlyweds were married. As they celebrate their anniversary today, here are some of my favorites from their wedding day story. Enjoy! Congrats, newlyweds!
While rummaging for some #ThrowbackThursday images to Instagram I noted several rolls of unmarked, processed 35mm film I had set aside in 2012 and all but forgotten about until early 2015. Holding the negatives to light I instantly recalled the moments I took with my Holga but was surprised by the images I had waited to see once they hit the scanner.
Just in time for the weekend we’re thrilled to announce Katie & Joe’s Fine Art Wedding Album is ready to view! We had a blast celebrating with the newlyweds and I got to use some new reception lighting techniques I had been sharpening during the wintry months. Vinylized kept the party going – River Forest Country Club was jumping till the last song!
What a blast hanging out with Katie & Joe celebrating with the Seroka and Catanzarite families into the wee hours of the morning! The day was full of smiles, laughs and lots of great times and went effortlessly celebrating outside the Windy City. Thanks again for inviting us to tell your story!