Summer Susans I
- Original Painted Cyanotype Photogram
- Painting is 5"x7"
- 140lb Cold Press Cotton Paper
- Archival Quality
- Mounted on Flat Canvas Panel
Connecting with nature is an essential part of my existence, inspiration + peacefulness. It only takes a momentary pause to realize how much beauty exists in our natural world. The tiny barrier island where I live is home to some of the most magnificent specimens + evidence of God's majestic work. I was inspired to capture them in this 19th-century photographic blueprint process called Cyanotype.
I consider the collection of these organic specimens for artwork an act of worship. I astutely look for interesting material on my various nature outings + travels when possible, always imagining what beautiful images they will produce.
This soothing Prussian Blue color is produced when two chemicals are precisely mixed, hand-applied to paper in a darkened room, cured + later exposed to sunlight.
I select + place the specimen on high-quality paper, which is hand-torn in sizes that beautifully reflect the authentic proportions of the specimen. After a precise amount of exposure, the plant or organic sample is removed, the paper is washed clean of the chemicals + the captivating silhouette is revealed.
The hand-applied solution, along with the selection + placement of the organic material, makes each piece a unique keepsake.
Cyanotype is a 19th-century form of camera-less photography + one of the most permanent of the photographic processes. The scientist John Herschel first developed it in 1842 for blueprinting. Anna Atkins, a botanist, later used cyanotype to capture her algae collection. She is often considered the first female photographer + a pioneer of the Cyanotype process.