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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sun Prints

Hello, Becka here again! Thank you all for making me feel so welcome when I last posted, I'm sorry there has been a bit of a gap in the middle here, but the heat really only motivated me to sit in front of the fan with a popsicle or cold beer for the last week or so! I'm back now, I promise!

As a young photography student I had the pleasure of being introduced to the work of Anna Atkins, widely credited as the first female photographer. She was the first person to ever publish a book entirely made up of photographic images, and if I could ever get hold of that book I would be a very happy girl! For the book she worked entirely in the medium of cyanotype or sun print, where you place the objects on the paper and then leave them in the sun so that the ultra violet rays act as a photo enlarger would to expose the 'film'. I totally fell in love with this method, and made many of these over my high school and university photography career! But now, I'd like to share some of the pioneering Anna Atkins' work. She was also a botanist, and so beautiful English plant and sea plant life were often her photographic subjects.

I just love the eerie beauty of them! It is much cooler here today, but I am hoping we get some sun later in the day so that I can make some sun prints of my own!

Hope you're all having a lovely day!



Blogger Brandi said...

These are so pretty and look like they'd be a lot of fun to create, especially since it'd give me a chance to walk around outside and find some things I'd like to take prints of. I love the variations of blues and purples of the paper. I'm going to have to find some to work with. Brilliant thing to share!

August 4, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger sheHEARTSvintage said...

These are beautiful, whimsical and free! HEART!

August 4, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Yelena R. said...

These are absolutely beautiful! I would love to try this, but I don't even have an idea where to start! Oh, well, I'll just enjoy looking at the prints :)

August 4, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

This is the first I've heard of sun prints! Needless to say, I'm captivated by their beauty!

August 4, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful! I had not know fully the definition of that until now. Thank!

August 4, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Salut! chou chou said...

Wow! These really are delicate and almost eerie (as you said). How whimsical!

August 4, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said...

Some how I do remember making 'Sun prints' but, I cannot remember exactly how...

might be the hole in the box trick?

..nope. I don't ever remember..

August 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

very cool. great natural feel.

August 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Hi Kooky said...

Thanks for this post - the artwork is beautiful. I have an old pack of 8x10 photo paper that I'll pull out and let my boys (and me!) make sunprints with. Thanks for the idea!

August 4, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger KLBK said...

i remember my first cyanotype! ...remember when cyan was one of the only color options on old computers?

August 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger mady dooijes said...

oh sun prints- just beautiful + so much fun to do it yourself. x mady

August 4, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

what a beautiful post - so perfect for this blog!!

August 4, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Tina Tarnoff said...

how extraordinary! I've never heard of this technique before. the whole thing looks like a film negative. I love the blue and violet backgrnd color.

August 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

These are very pretty. I really like the graphic element. I've seen this process before but now I want to try it myself.

August 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the blue! So pretty! First female photographer! That's so awesome! The cyanotype you explained is so cool and fascinating! :)

August 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

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