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Cyanotypes, also called sun prints, are one of the oldest photographic printing processes dating back to 1842. Sir John Herschel developed this first silver less photographic process using only 2 chemicals and the sun as a light source. These sun prints are decidedly low tech as the final image of a cyanotype appears only with the aid of sunlight as a light source and water for a developer. This inexpensive, simple and permanent process was used for the blue print process for copying architectural plans, hence the name, "blueprint." My attraction to the Cyanotype process is the physical involvement during the printing process, allowing me to use my hands, eyes, and intuition when printing. I like the way the light, time, salts, and myself combine together to slowly deposit them on beautifully handcrafted paper. The depth of the tactile experience and the imposed slowness reveals moods and nuances in my images that I wouldn't normally see. I find this process much more satisfying than simply pressing PRINT on the computer. I undercoat each paper with watercolors and sprinkle turmeric here and there for a pop of yellow color. The plants are placed on the paper, soap bubbles and plastic wrap are placed over the image and exposed to the sun.
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