Slowing down and noticing beauty in every season of life can help remind us of our humanness.
I use a medium called cyanotype to capture beauty and explore literal and metaphorical seasons of the human experience. I Invite others into this process and into their own humanity.
Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process. Discovered in the 1800's it is one of the earliest forms of photography. It is a slow and thoughtful process that captures its subjects with incredible detail and beauty. Each piece begins in the darkroom where I mix the cyanotype chemicals by hand. Then I use my signature technique to coat the paper and achieve a clean & even result. Once the paper dries, I go out into my garden and cut a flower or two. I take these blooms back into the dark room and arrange them on top of the paper.
Then the paper and flowers are secured between glass. Next I take the whole ensemble outside into direct sunlight. The sun exposes the light- sensitive chemicals. The paper under the flower remains white & everything else turns blue. Once it is properly exposed, I move to the shade, unclip the glass, delicately remove the flower, and submerge the paper in water. As I agitate the water the chemicals wash away and the image is fixed. After the wash phase, the piece is carefully hung to dry. The blue deepens over the next couple of days.