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The Music Kept Playing was uploaded to Flickr

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rooftop, West Loop somewhere (maybe the CTA HQ?)

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I took The Music Kept Playing on August 16, 2012 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 26, 2016 at 04:53PM

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April 26th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Cyanotype, Photography’s Blue Period, Is Making a Comeback

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Lake Street Bridge During A Blizzard
Lake Street Bridge During A Blizzard – toned blue.

I’ve made digital cyanotypes as long as I’ve used the Alien Skin “Exposure” plugin for Photoshop, but I’ve never made an actual one. The faux, digital versions are much different than actual cyanotypes. I’m intrigued though, the emotional impact of a blue-toned photograph is compelling.

The Phoenix artist Annie Lopez wanted to stand out among her contemporary peers. Instead of trying to invent something utterly new, she has been turning to a 174-year-old photographic printing process — cyanotypes, once used for copying architectural drawings — and giving it her own distinctive twist.

Making a cyanotype involves placing a negative image — which could be a photographic negative, or an object, as in a photogram — on treated paper or fabric. (Ms. Lopez took from her own life and her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s, using photocopies of medical books as well as comments made by family members.) After an iron-based solution is brushed on, the paper is placed under ultraviolet light, or in direct sun, to develop.

“One of the best-selling points of this exhibition is that cyanotypes are both underrepresented and trendy at the same time,” said Nancy Burns, who organized the Worcester show with Kristina Wilson of Clark University. “It’s very hip in contemporary art, when you start looking for it.”

The cyanotype process — from the Greek cyan, or “dark-blue impression” — was invented around 1842 by the British astronomer and chemist John Frederick Herschel (1792–1871). The benefits of the format were evident from the start.

(click here to continue reading Cyanotype, Photography’s Blue Period, Is Making a Comeback – The New York Times.)

I’ve also heard cyanotypes called “sun prints”:

Maybe you remember sun prints (also known as cyanotypes) from childhood. You set a leaf or flower on light-sensitive paper and exposed it to the sunlight for a few minutes. Your parent or teacher probably rinsed the print and showed you the results as they developed. A shadow of the specimen emerged—the color of the paper shifted from white to light blue. The final result was a white or bluish-white silhouette on dark blue paper.

When I first started paying attention to cyanotypes, I loved how they rendered familiar objects and shapes as bluish, shadowy abstractions. I also wondered why they reminded me of x-rays or architectural drawings. A description of the cyanotype process from Encyclopaedia Britannica shed some light.

(click here to continue reading Celebrated Summer: Making Sun Prints with Transparencies | Britannica Blog.)

Like I said, I’ve never made an actual cyanotype, yet. The images on this post are simply “toned blue” as a reminder to myself1 that I need to make a real cyanotype. 

Loren Squints Blue
Loren Squints Blue

You’ve Got Everything, Polapan Blue
You’ve Got Everything, Polapan Blue

Across The Evening Sky All The Birds Are Leaving - Copper Blue
Across The Evening Sky All The Birds Are Leaving – Copper Blue

Just A Restless Feeling By My Side
Just A Restless Feeling By My Side

Minister of Design and The Future, Blue
Minister of Design and The Future, Blue

Take the Blue Train
Take the Blue Train

Thistled and Scorned
Thistled and Scorned

Empty Blue Number 2
Empty Blue Number 2

Phil Looks Cold - Blue
Phil Looks Cold – Blue

Footnotes:
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February 7th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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Setting Up “Honoria Starbuck, Flaneuse” (copper blue) was uploaded to Flickr

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Spellerberg Projects, Lockhart, TX

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I took Setting Up “Honoria Starbuck, Flaneuse” (copper blue) on January 16, 2016 at 10:46AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 21, 2016 at 09:07AM

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January 21st, 2016 at 10:20 am

Seeming To Be was uploaded to Flickr

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flowers, Lincoln Park.

Testing out the newest edition of Alien Skin’s Exposure

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I took Seeming To Be on September 13, 2015 at 06:04PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 09, 2015 at 09:44PM

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December 9th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

You’ve Got Everything, Polapan Blue was uploaded to Flickr

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Alleyway, Evanston

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I took You’ve Got Everything, Polapan Blue on September 20, 2015 at 03:39PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 28, 2015 at 11:03AM

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September 28th, 2015 at 4:28 am

Laughing At Your Airs was uploaded to Flickr

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Doorway, Wicker Park somewhere

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I took Laughing At Your Airs on July 21, 2015 at 06:48PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 29, 2015 at 05:23PM

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July 29th, 2015 at 10:48 am

Death of Your Party was uploaded to Flickr

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swimming pool, Chicago

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I took Death of Your Party on November 13, 2010 at 03:39PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 15, 2015 at 07:05PM

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July 15th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Every False Thing Ends was uploaded to Flickr

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Franklin St. Bridge in the rain

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I took Every False Thing Ends on December 22, 2014 at 03:32PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 13, 2015 at 04:46PM

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February 13th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Cloudscape Number 2199 was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop a couple of summers ago

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I took Cloudscape Number 2199 on July 01, 2011 at 12:51PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 12, 2015 at 03:46PM

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February 12th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Across The Evening Sky All The Birds Are Leaving – Polapan Blue was uploaded to Flickr

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fog, S. Michigan Avenue.

Polapan version

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I took Across The Evening Sky All The Birds Are Leaving – Polapan Blue on June 26, 2014 at 07:38PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on June 27, 2014 at 03:39PM

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June 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am

Fancy Tail Light – 1951 Ford (Explored) was uploaded to Flickr

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closeup of standard feature on 1951 Fords, per this car’s owner. all credit should be given to Ford’s engineers, circa 1950

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I took Fancy Tail Light – 1951 Ford (Explored) on April 11, 2014 at 02:27PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 18, 2014 at 03:02PM

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:52 am

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Shorter Cut Is Quicker was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop (Halsted, I think). Black and white, toned blue in Photoshop.

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I took Shorter Cut Is Quicker on December 08, 2013 at 01:18PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 28, 2014 at 04:02PM

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April 12th, 2014 at 10:19 am

Everyone Is Looking For Someone To Blame was uploaded to Flickr

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El Porto, Manhattan Beach, LA

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I took Everyone Is Looking For Someone To Blame on February 03, 2013 at 01:54PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 08, 2013 at 03:31PM

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March 22nd, 2014 at 11:01 am

Red White and Blues was uploaded to Flickr

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Randolph Street

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I took Red White and Blues on January 11, 2011 at 12:29PM

So Fine At First – Copper Blue was uploaded to Flickr

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Alley, Chicago.

Toned in Photoshop.

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So Fine At First – Copper Blue was taken on December 18, 2009 at 01:33PM

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November 14th, 2012 at 11:43 pm