Azure + Cinnamon

This section has the Cyanotype prints. A process belonging to the early photographic contact printing techniques dating back to 1842. Evident by their colors, the Cyanotype produces prints of deep Prussian blue. This technique being fairly simply, requires that the sensitizing mixture be hand-coated onto the support material, dried a negative or object placed on it exposed in sunlight (UV light source). The print is then washed in water to develop the image and complete the process. Amusingly this was invented by Sir John Herschel to photocopy his notes which he did by simply placing his notes on a sensitized paper thus exposing the hand written material by sunlight. The images shown here were printed on Schollershammer 9HF 220G (fine grain) German watercolor paper.

This section has the Vandyke prints. One of the simplest and least expensive of the old image making techniques.In this Alt -Process, the prints have a beautiful rich brown showing off the paper texture as well as displaying the image’s subtle details and contrast. Dr. W.W.J Nichol invented the Kallitype process in 1899 and in those days it was never commercially popular, due to two significant reasons. One being the availability and convenience of other process and an initial reputation for image impermanence. There are several formulas for the variations of the Kallitype process. The easiest one used here being the Van Dyke Process. The images were printed on Schollershammer 9HF 220G (fine grain) German watercolor paper.

Azure and Cinnamon use Cyanotype and Vandyke processes. Pakistan has wonderful sunlight which is ideal for these processes, that employ early printing techniques which date back to the 19th century. The Cyanotype produces a deep Prussian blue while the Vandyke process creates a range of rich brown tones. Both processes require that the sensitizing mixture is hand-coated on to the support material.Again this limited single edition series is printed on water color paper.

 

 

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