Teasels And Rubbish

27 Aug



Day Of Reckoning!

Yesterday was cyanotype exposure day, today was cyanotype developing day – and the day of reckoning! So much can go wrong. Cyanotype was the earliest form of photography, invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 to copy his notes. Anna Atkins used it to record botanical specimens and produced the first photographic book in 1843 using cyanotype. It was quickly superseded by other more reliable forms of photography but was still used to produce blueprints for engineers. Nowadays it’s very popular in fine art printmaking and alternative photography.


En Plein Air

Here are a couple of the ones I developed today alongside photos of them being done en plein air. The first is a Teasel, an ancient plant that used to be used in woollen textile manufacture and their seeds are a favourite food of the European Goldfinch. The second is some rubbish we picked up on our walk.

The FIRE Lab

I am currently artist in residence with The Fire Lab at Swansea University and have been going on field trips with scientific colleagues along the course of The River Tawe. This cyanotype experiment is our latest field trip.




4 Responses to “Teasels And Rubbish”

  1. Leonie Andrews August 29, 2019 at 09:05 #

    Great result. Did you use glass to hold them down. I always seem to get strong winds when I want to do this, or in one case my chickens ran up to see what I was doing and scattered everything I had carefully laid out!

    • Leonie Andrews August 29, 2019 at 09:06 #

      I can see glass on the teasels!

      • Rosie Scribblah August 29, 2019 at 19:51 #

        LOL yes, I have some sheets of glass for my silkscreen Halogen exposure unit – the edges have been sanded or something so they’re not sharp and it’s pretty thick.

  2. Alli Farkas August 29, 2019 at 04:31 #

    Love the softness of the Teasel image!

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