Cyanotypes

Cyanotype is one of the earliest darkroom printing techniques. It was invented in the 1840s as a method to reproduce drawings. The cyan-blue colour of the print gave its name to those copies, or blueprints.

For this series, I printed the original digital file onto acetate to create a new negative. I then painted cyanotype solution onto paper and printed each image by hand.

The beauty of cyanotype is in the slight variation of each print. Digital photographs can be reproduced, but each hand-printed cyanotype image is unique.

In this new medium, I am currently working on landscapes, cityscapes and Lewes Bonfire portraits. This is a small selection of a much larger body of work that will be exhibited during the Lewes District Artwave Festival in September. A book of the Bonfire cyanotypes is available as well, more information on that here.

anchor cemetery, Portugal
winter storm, Newhaven
hand-printed cyanotype Lewes Bonfire celebrations
Lewes Bonfire celebrations
Ashcombe Windmill, Lewes
hand-printed cyanotype Lewes Bonfire celebrations
Lewes Bonfire celebrations
West Pier, Brighton

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