"Layers And Leaves" by Krista McCurdy
Continuing with the theme of re purposing the transparencies I use for my cyanotypes, Layers and Leaves is again the result of a previous image chopped up and taped together, the imperfections being part of the whole.
I use photographs from nature to create my image, enlarge and simplify it with design software, which I print on a transparency to use as my negative for the contact print.. Both that process and the nature of the printing process, no image will have clear precise lines, and the softly blurred edges and any slight pixelated accent are a deliberate action, and present in the original piece.
Cyanotype printing is an alternative photography process that uses sunlight to expose the image. I developed a way of taking the traditional cyanotype process and altering the process so that instead of a normal blue and white print, I could get varied shades of blue, green, sometimes even yellow creeps in. Instead of the end goal of a very tidy and neat blue and white cyanotype, the end goal is a unique, completely imperfect print.
Fine art prints are printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a 100% cotton paper that is of the highest quality and reproduces colors beautifully and vividly, making the final print look almost as though it were an original.