The Cyanotype process was a very early printing process, popular briefly in Victorian England. It has been revived recently as a photographic medium by artists exploring alternative process photographic printing. Cyanotypes use light-sensitive iron salts, hand-painted onto watercolour paper. The resulting blue image can then be toned with tannins to create black, brown or purple hues. Lockdown gave me time to explore the Dandenong Ranges and experiment with alternative printing processes. Images were shot on large-format film and the cyanotype prints were toned in instant coffee. The process enhances the soft light of morning fog in the forest.
I photograph using large-format film cameras that require a slow, contemplative approach to landscape photography. I consider myself a print maker as much as a photographer and explore several different processes, from darkroom to digital. I worked for many years in professional labs and studios and bring those skills to my personal work.
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Stephen Hall~Studies in Iron and Coffee
- Stephen Hall
August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm