Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Site Project. Idea & Experiments.

We propose to place something were its should not be, but somewhere where it belongs.
What does site mean to you? Well to me its a location or place
where there are happenings or no happenings. Does it have to be called a site
when there is none there to call it that? No one lives in the sky, yet it still has a name.
To take a site and turn it into something that its not supposed to be, to recreate it artificially on a different "site".For this project we (my group and myself) wish to use the subject to create the 
subject. By using Sonography paper, we can us the sun to imprint clouds in an usual form of photography. This is then to be displayed according to the skies natural position. (from above). For people to lie under. Another idea  which has recently come to mind, is if these formations of clouds were purposely structured to represent images or objects. "Watching the pictures form in the clouds." For the actual site, underneath the Holden Gallery came to mind. 

So what exactly is this wonder paper? 

The cyanotype is made up of two solutions. 

  • Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) are mixed with water separately.
  • The two solutions are then blended together in equal parts.
To print on this paper..
  • Objects or negatives are placed on the material to make a print. The cyanotype is printed using UV light, such as the sun, a light box or a UV lamp.

Unlike photographs set in silver, like in black and white photography, cyanotypes are using a solution of iron compounds.

This type of photography type paper comes from what builders use-Blue prints. Possible devices used
for exposing images onto sunography paper using UV light (the sun) would be drawings or images printed onto clear transparencies or acetate, objects to mimic a photogram effect, lace, x-rays or any medium that light
can seep through.
A Few Trail and Errors.

Using Negatives.
I used some lomography negatives to expose onto a sheet, unfortunately
this has not worked at all. The negatives a too dark and resulted in just two blocks of blue.
I would need brighter negatives with less black space.
Using objects.
A few coins, a light bulb, a button and pen on translucent plastic. As i am able to tell from this
experiment, you start to understand the importance to what works and doesn't.
Different object create a different or alternative shade to solid objects, ie, the lightbulb.
By using fluffed up pieces of cotton wool, a some what "cloud effect". To add to these quick testers, the longer you leave your print exposed to UV the more intense
your print becomes. As you can see compared to the other prints, successful and none successful, this was left for less amount of time.
Time ranging from 7-12 mins.
Toning to sepia by using water and tea bags. Seven tea bags in less water creates
a stronger brew, which gives you a range of intensities. Maybe not for this projects, but defiantly something to experiment with in the future. 
Left for 5 mins.
Left for 15 mins. 

Or you could just make the best of your mistakes.
Sunography, biro and pencil crayon. 

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