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Spring Sprung

In Process by Alun Kirby

'Spring Sprung' is a metamorphogram; a visual memory of experience as another form. In this case the form was the origami model 'Spring Into Action', by Jeff Beynon. To make this piece I used 40 gsm bible paper. This is not good origami paper, but holds cyanotype chemicals well, and ...

Dreaming in the Garden

In Process by Alun Kirby

I find a lot of inspiration in our small garden.  Most of my cyanotypes over the last 5 years have used subjects taken directly from the spaces outside the front and back doors.  One series which has been developing over the last couple of years has been the Dream Trees. …

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Making of a Cyanotype – Part Three

In Process by Alun Kirby

Following from Parts One (preparation) and Two (set-up and exposing) this final part details finishing the exposure and developing the image. Choosing when to finish an exposure depends on artistic choices such as the desired colour and level of detail in the final image.  See Part Two for more details. …

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Making of a Cyanoytpe – Part Two

In Process by Alun Kirby

Previously, I described setting up ready to make a cyanotype on paper.  Below, I will explain how to set up the image for exposure, and how I judge exposure based on what is desired in the final image. The success of a contact photogram depends primarily on two things – keeping the …

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Making of a Cyanoytpe – Part One

In Process by Alun Kirby

I have been making cyanotypes for over 15 years.  It is a simple process to use, and incredibly effective for the right subject.  While any source of ultra-violet light can be used to drive the photochemical change which results in a permanent image, I have chosen to work using only …