During this workshop, Omar Kuwas taught us about an alternative way to take pictures: Cyanotype. Cyanotype is an early photographic process using paper sensitised with a light-sensitive sensitiser, which creates a deep blue tone when exposed to the sun. One can make a photographic print by placing an object on the sensitised paper and exposing it to UV light which will imprint the object’s shape on the paper. The end result is a blue print, where parts of the paper that were touched by the sunlight became blue and untouched parts stay white.
When we got to the execution chapter of this workshop, I thought it would be pretty easy. I thought I could just use any object that was see-through and it would work out perfectly. Unfortunately, it was not like that. For the first one I made, I used a fishnet, and for the second one I used glass and a banknote. As you can see on the following pictures, it did not work out as perfectly as I thought it would.
After these two, I started asking more before acting. That helped allot. Research helps. After experimenting, the assignment was to make a cyanotype based on the topic 'hard work'. I made the following:
The following was a piece me and my friend Cherrell Pieters worked on. On this one we used an x-ray of my ankle, a scarf and scissors.
Even though this one was a big step in the right direction, I still wasn't satisfied. What was important for me to have in mind is that sometimes progress comes slow. I made the following cyanotype outlining a picture of my niece on a sheet of transparent plastic.
For the next cyanotype, the assignment was to make a cyanotype and to combine it with ink. This time I was satisfied because It was like I could see different layers of transparency. I was finally happy.
This was a really nice workshop for me. Now that everything is digital and there's technology everywhere you look, old-fashioned things tend to catch my eye.