Michael, aka @Velvet-Daddy fell in love with photography as a child and especially with the infinite experimental possibilities. For over 20 years he has been experimenting, manipulating, and editing his films. A visit to London in 2013 to The Photographer's Gallery and its Lomography department intensified his enthusiasm.
In the magazine PhotoKlassik, Michael finally came across cyanotype and then the journey to his own experiments was not far off:
In my cellar I mixed the two chemicals I had ordered from England 1:1 together and processed different papers 24 hours later with the mixture.
With the computer, I made some negatives (A4 / A5). Again in the dark, I put the negatives on the processed paper, stretched it in a frame, and exposed it to the sun. After about 20 minutes the paper turns dark green, almost brownish.
Now the paper was watered and in the last wash cycle, I bleached it. The blue colour is now even stronger. Re-water it again, let it dry and the cyanotype is ready.
Of course, you can experiment a lot here as well. Here I have photographed the dog of a friend, a lovely guy who unfortunately has already passed away. Between the glass plate and the negative I also blew a dandelion on the picture and exposed it.
On watercolour paper, I have captured this field of sunflowers. The painting technique of the paper with a sponge, cloth, or brush determines the look of the pictures. Personally I also like the irregularity at the edges like here with this cyanotype.
In the first plate, I photographed my sister with an opened mouth in front of a white wall, made a negative, and then put different pieces of leaves on my paper before I let the whole thing develop in the sun again. In the second one, I have extended this technique here and put two negatives with leaves on top of each other.
Dandelions on photo paper...just a wonderful photogram.
The results are always a surprise. You can edit the pictures for a surprise effect with coffee grounds or tea afterward. There are no limits to the possibilities. For those who are creative and like to experiment, I can warmly recommend the cyanotype. It is incredibly fun and offers a variety of creative possibilities!
Many thanks to Michael for sharing his wonderful cyanotypes and experiences with us! Have a look at his LomoHome and be inspired by his experiments!