My uncle purchased some land in Redding, CA and is currently building a dream house for himself and his wife. Things have been moving along swimmingly, but long before they dug out the basement they had to clear the land.
These are the images I created when this piece of ground was full of only dreams, which are now coming to pass.
Sights nearby the property:
I have been waiting for you
Waiting on you for most of my life
Wishing and praying that you existed
That I could hold you and call you by
One of those names I chose years ago
I know that I would cherish you
I know that I would love you
You are ever illusive, though
Sometimes you seem so close
I feel you cradled in phantom arms
And wonder if my dream was a misunderstanding
I shared several months ago some of the cyanotype prints I was working into a book and I think it’s long time you all saw the finished look! I did a more traditional looking spine, using handy dandy walk through bookbinding instructions posted online.
The prints are on Arches Watercolor Paper which takes cyanotype really well.
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I layered in pages of fabric. The prints are still visible through each of the layers and the fabric changes the feel of the cold and stark cyanotype prints.
This book was selected for a student show called “Soft” held on campus at the end of November. I didn’t include my artist statement earlier, so thought I might here.
Princess in the Well is a handmade book featuring cyanotype prints illustrating beautiful young woman in lovely formal gowns, many of them suspended in water. The pages of cyanotypes are separated by layers of soft fabric and lace, playing on the gentle quality of the young women. The prints can be viewed through the layers of fabric softening the look of each image and providing additional warmth and interest. Each woman carries a grace and confidence that is uniquely her own but each woman is discovered to be a princess in the well.
What’s working lately you ask? That would be multi-image photo assignment for my Advanced Black & White Photography class. Yep, people still use film, but it’s mostly us artsy fartsy types that are clinging to the past. I worked about eight solid hours in the lab and got eight 8x10s prints out of the deal. Art takes time, folks.
I wanted to flesh out a series that I started last spring that centers around infertility and somehow I got it in my mind to use these creepy plastic babies that they carry in party stores.
These prints are made up of two negatives sandwiched together then printed onto one sheet of photo paper. There’s a lot of trial and error that happens trying to get the balance just right (thus, the eight hours in the lab).
And now for your viewing pleasure, creepy babies: