It always amazes me how quickly the months fly by, especially after summer is over. Once the fall hits things start happening so quickly! We definitely had an Indian summer here in Georgia, but now the temperatures are cooling down and the days are getting shorter.
I’ve been keeping busy in the studio these past couple months, in part because I’ve been inspired, but mainly because I can control the temperature in here and pretend we’ve been having that crisp autumn weather I love so much. One of my (creative) dreams came true last month; I successfully printed cyanotypes on fabric! Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m obsessed with denim, so naturally, I sourced some nice raw white denim from a local fabric shop for my prints. I also sampled a cotton/poly blend because the texture is more flat and even, but I settled on raw denim because I love the lines in the fabric and the frayed edges.
If you want to print cyanotypes on fabric, I would suggest using a cotton fabric with a low, even weave so that you can get as much image detail as possible. I am going for a unique collaboration of the two mediums I’m using here (cyanotype prints + fabric) so I don’t mind the loss of image detail I have on my prints. As always, for me, it’s all about the process.
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I have been keeping busy catching up on work. Did you know I shot more film in 2014 then I did last year?
At that time I was obsessed with documenting the towns around where I lived (which was Hampton, CT). That area is known by the locals as “The Quiet Corner” because it is a very rural, somewhat low income pocket in the northwestern corner of CT. These towns used to host mills, factories and farms but now they are mostly residential.
Driving around Hampton made me feel like I was living in an old New England story. I couldn’t help but photograph it.
More to come.
Let’s be honest, so have you. It’s a snow day.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was my Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner. I’ve been able to get so much work done with this new beauty.
Most of the film I’ve been scanning was shot back in 2013 while I was living in CT. I am always amazed at how easily I can be transported to another place/time when working with my pictures.
Many of these rolls were shot at an orchard I used to work at. The orchard was owned by a middle aged couple who were in the middle of a nasty divorce and because they had so much on their plate they completely let the orchard fall apart for about two years before I started working there. Needless to say, my time there was brief, but I was able to spend an entire summer exploring and photographing the 20+ acres of apple trees.
I felt compelled to photograph the orchard because there is something so savage and poetic about natures take over once humans have stopped trying to control the land.
These images have not been edited yet. Enjoy the sloppy preview of my orchard pictures…