Cyanotypes

Mixing the processes of analog photography, alternative wet photography and Photoshop photography with a laser printer was a fun way to begin teaching about cyanotype for my Indiana Arts Commission Bicentennial grant for the Arts in the Parks program.

Indiana celebrates its 200th anniversary this year (2016) and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the state park system, the state legislature set aside $400,000 for artistic grants.

My grant allowed me to teach about cyanotype photography and to demonstrate how it worked to folks who came to Starve Hollow State Recreation Area on June 21. I also taught about pinhole photography to this small group. I was able to give away pinhole camera kits to photographers who do landscape photography and I hope to add their work to this site one day.

I used preprocessed cyanotype paper (from SunPrints) and placed a negative over the top of the paper, then exposed it to the sun. The negative was printed from a laser printer on OHP (overhead projector) film. The acetate is a hard substrate that allows a firm image to be printed. This is just like a contact negative/contact print that Photography has employed for more than a hundred years.

The images I printed were from my own photographs and from WikiCommons images.