My inner Anna Atkins

Two more cyanotypes drying down. I mixed up new chemistry yesterday to a avoid the strange dark patches that may be from mold in the ferric ammonium citrate.

I am printing multiples to try some toning with gallic acid.

In case you were wondering, I AM channeling my inner Anna Atkins!

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Somewhat Abstract

Today, I return to a favorite subject: Trash. For many years now I have looked longingly at prints rescued from the trash. These are prints that may or may not have recognizable “lens-based” content but usually exhibit some sort of insufficient chemical processing. Often the silver appears to be plating out into swirls of iridescent or gold. They are unloved and transient; changing even as they are photographed especially if they are scanned. Gone if one tries to fix them with hypo.

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Two Twenty-nine

It’s two twenty-nine all day. Also the eve of the University of Dayton’s short midterm break. I had two (out of eleven) students show up to class so I took them outside to photograph and work on their current assignment which has a closest focus component. While they were photographing, I was photographing and now I have something to blog about. Pictures.

eight days later

Eight days later and this is all I have to show for myself.

Birds on a wire. A lot of birds and a sky that can’t decide whether it wants to snow or not.

On the way to pick up clear acrylic from a vendor in Moraine (Ohio) I drove under a flash mob of pigeons.  It does sort of suggest a solution to photographing very dramatic clouds on a winter day. Put many birds on(to) it!

Just a word of warning that the next blog entry will be an update on the anthotypes in progress. I have been exposing the saffron anthotypes during the last week. There were sunny days on Friday, Sunday and Monday so the ground is starting to fade.

Mr. California

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I’m currently visiting family with Bridgette in Dexter, N.M. This part of the country got over a foot of snow in time for Christmas. I’ve brought the pinhole cameras to photograph the pecan and cottonwood trees but I’ve been slowed down by a stiff lower back and lack of cold weather clothing i.e. gloves.

The images and posts will mostly be from an iPhone and ate meant to be visual notes without a specific future project in mind.

Here’s example photographed earlier today. This a detail of a logo from a vintage box used to ship California oranges and repurposed to contain a present for Bridgette’s parents.

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