Blues in my bread

I haven’t worked much with cyanotypes because I don’t really care for blue prints. But with Covid keeping me out of the darkroom and all the ingredients sitting in my studio, it made sense to try.

A little research made it clear that toning gave me more options than just blue. Here are the results so far. look for more as I work through the process.

The blue

Better than I expected
It’s growing on me

The black: coffee

Nice
Some like it darker
Horse

The gold: tea

Dynamic
Tea horse

Där får man värme och ljus

Plans change. Normally we would go to western Massachusetts to celebrate midsommar in late June. But we were supposed to be in Italy and France around this time. Then the plague came. That’s how we ended up celebrating the solstice in this lovely house in Paxinos (pack-SAI-nus) PA.

Nora cleaning strawberries
Max ready to sing Helan Går
Nora concentrating on food
Kris looking beautiful
Flowers and akvavit
Nora, Max, and Rosie
Nature is required
Nestled in the mountains
Along the path

Moke from Shamokin

Shamokin is a coal town in central PA. It seems to have been hit hard by the loss of coal and industry jobs and the opioid crisis. The population is about 7,000 now, down from a peak of 50,000 in the 50s.

Shamokin has an interesting labor history, including the Shamokin Uprising of 1877.

I only spent a few hours there—barely enough to scratch the surface.

The Blessed Mother
A nice place to get lunch
View from the hills
Downtown street

RIP Diana

I dropped the Diana maybe one too many times and it seems it’s gone to meet its maker.

Here are some of the last salvageable images from it. They feel melancholy and reflect my muddy view of the past few weeks.

Fuck 12
12 Monkeys?
Yes
These guys
Youth of today
Not all bad
Respite
Family
Creek

First go at lumen prints

A while ago I accidentally bought a box of Arista Ortho-Litho 3.0 that was too big for my 4×5 film holders. (This film comes in two sizes, one that is cut down a 1/10th of an inch to fit in film holders and one that’s not.) It’s been sitting around since then gnawing at me to figure out something to do with it. So when I recently found out about lumen prints, it clicked.

Lumen prints are typically made by exposing photo paper to the sun for a long time, anywhere from a half hour to a day. The result is that the paper sort of auto develops and you get an image. Typically they are made as photograms with organic material on photo paper. But you can use a negative to make a contact print. And you can use film instead of paper.

My first thought was I would make contact prints and display them with a backlight. So here are my first contact prints, scanned and tweaked slightly. They look pretty good. I’ve sent them to be printed as 8x10s. Curious to see how they look. Next step is to build some cardboard frames for them to see if I can light them

Another option I am considering is making photograms and then printing them in the enlarger. I just need to scrounge up some material.

A horse of course
Lemons and pears
Lily