This records my current project with cyanotypes. Inspired by Meghan Riepenhoff’s work Litoral, and Anna Atkins’ Sun Gardens,I plan to use different exposures of cyanotypes using algae found on the South Devon coastline.

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My first cyanotype with algae on a cartridge paper .(Fucus vesiculosus)

I was very pleased with this as it has traces of beige colouring which is caused by the presence of sea salt in the chemical mix.

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Spiny Straggle weed.
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Using 300gpi cartridge paper treated with the normal solution of potassium ferri cyanide and ammonium ferric citrate, I exposed the paper to the sea and an overcast sky with relatively high levels of uv light.
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Seaweed exposed without a glass covering.
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Seaweed photographed while being exposed under glass.
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Resultant cyanotype.
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Exposed without glass covering.
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Diptych experiment.

20/07/20

I used wallpaper lining paper for this experiment of seaweed exposed to UV under glass, and the added texture of the fold in the paper is something to keep in mind for future use:

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This image below is of the same seaweed but exposed to UV not under glass. I particularly like the 3D effect created by the tonal values of the print:

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A triptych of Ulva lactuca seaweed found in Paignton harbour.
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Ulva lactuca exposing on treated paper.
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Ulva lactuca exposed and treated.
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Ulva lactuca (43cm x 39cm)
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UIlva lactuca
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Fucus serratus
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Ulva lattuga partial exposure.(1.6m x 52cm)
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Ulva lattuga full exposure.(1.6m x 52cm)
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Ulva lattuga partial exposure 3.(1.6m x 52cm)
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Vertebrata nigra: twisted siphon weed. (1.6m x 54cm)
Dried ulva lactuca on perspex.

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