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About Christa Norman

I am a fine artist living in Orange County, California with my husband, garden and home studio. I specialize in a camera-less contact photography called cyanotype known for it's elegant simplicity.

In my practice I've discovered how similar the soul is to a piece of paper. How it can sometimes feel like a flattened tree but just like a piece of paper can become a photograph, our souls can be made sensitive to light and carry so much beauty.

And this is the reason why I am an artist, to awaken beauty and sensitivity in the heart and home.

My Journey

Have you noticed how life often has a way of flattening us? For some it's the pace of life more fit for a machine than a human. For others it is a soul-sucking job. For me it was an abusive childhood. I had an imaginative and creative heart but I didn't grow up in a space where it was safe to be sensitive or safe to simply be at all.

As a teenager, I was finally able to choose to remove myself from this situation. And within a year of leaving abuse, I found photography and it awaken a spark in me. I knew right away it was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

I went to university and got a degree in fine art photography. After graduation and getting married, I started a wedding photography business with the intention of returning to a fine art practice one day.

After five years of wedding photography, a sabbatical and living in Japan, I craved something slower and more thoughtful. I realized that "one day" arrived sooner that I thought. And three months into our year abroad in Japan, I closed my wedding photography business and opened my fine art studio.

My practice has been a very healing one for me. With each cyanotype I create my heart my soul remembers it is okay to be sensitive  and awakens a little bit more to the beauty around it.⁠

The Cyanotype Process

The process begins by coating a piece of watercolor paper with a light-sensitive solution. I then arrange flowers and leaves on top of the paper and take it outside into direct sunlight.

After a few minutes the paper turns blue but where the flowers were remains white. The paper is then washed and dried and the blue deepens into a lovely deep indigo.

If you want to learn more about the process and the history of this medium click here!


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