Cyanotypes…

For the past two weeks, I’ve been making cyanotypes and experimenting more with the process, trying idea’s out, improving techniques and not worrying about the results.

Here are a few crap phone pics, from some of my results (I need to photograph them in better light, but I’m still undecided if I should gloss the prints.)

Please let me know what you think of them, the feedback is always welcome.

 

Here are a few other’s that are either finished or waiting to be toned…

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Magic Lantern Slides

Somehow I have managed to start collecting Magin Lantern Slide’s, I bought a box of old (1920s – 1940’s) photographs at an auction, and two wooden slender looking crates came with the ‘lot’, as you can guess these contained magic lantern slides.

The magic lantern, also known by its Latin name lanterna magica, is an early type of image projector employing pictures painted, printed or produced photographically on transparent plates (usually made of glass), one or more lenses, and a light source. (source wiki).

Here is a couple from the collection that appeal to me.

 

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Saal Digital – Wall Decors

The service, quality of product, packaging, and delivery were above and beyond from Saal Digital, overall the product is something I would offer my clients and would recommend to other professional photographers, I will use Saal Digital for future printing.

I chose to order an Alu-Dibond wall decor, from Saal Digital, this is a product that I have never used before.

Alu-Dibond is a panel that consists of two aluminum sheets with a polyethylene core, which makes the artwork, strong and durable, you have the option of including wall fixings with your product, I chose not to have this, as I want to frame the art work.

Below is a quote from the Saal Digital website, where they describe the printing process, the print quality is outstanding and finished to a very high standard.

The print has an impressive saturation and colourfulness with high resolution and sharpness. It is realized through the newest direct UV printing with 6 colours instead of 4, including light inks, and sixfold UV cure. Even large and monochromatic areas are resplendent in saturated colours and absolute subtlety and fineness.

The image below shows the quality of the packaging, the art work, is laid on foam, backed by 3 layers of corrugated card, shrink wrapped, then packaged again in string corrugated card, it arrived in perfect condition.

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This is another altered print, that was soaked in sea water, again challenging to keep the vibrant colors, and detail in the printing, I’m very impressed with the quality and service from Saal Digital.

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Here’s a close-up section of the busiest part of detail…

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I can’t grumble, the service, quality of product, packaging, and delivery were above and beyond from Saal Digital, overall the product is something I would offer my clients and would recommend to other professional photographers, I will use Saal Digital for future printing.

Bring the Paint!

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Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival is a free event set to transform Leicester with supreme quality, high impact street art. The Cultural Quarter will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions.

Bring the Paint brings over 150 artists together to work on sites across the city. Look out for large scale murals in the Cultural Quarter and legal spray sites city-wide. Other festival attractions include; live music, local jams, pop-up street art, window illustrations, food stalls and workshops. Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival promises to be a unique experience with multiple exciting opportunities for all visitors. Bring The Paint International Graffiti Festival aims to inspire a legacy of artistic growth and collaboration within the artistic community and beyond. Offering a platform to be creative and collaborate on a monumental scale, the festival is a visual celebration of Leicester’s diverse culture and will showcase the city’s thriving arts scene.

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Dont forget to check out Bring the Paints, IG Feed and FB Page!!

You can read previous ramblings here Return of the Macks (Part 2),  Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… and view more images here on my website.

Return of the Macks (Part 2)

Beautiful, glorious sunshine, perfect painting conditions, next to Lock 42 of the Grand Union Canal.

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You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.

Temwa – Art for Africa Auction

TEMWA’s Art For Africa Auction, Saturday 10th June, from 4pm at The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft

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Art for Africa, one of the most affordable art sales of the year, all artwork has been donated by people such as Paris, Mr Jago, Lokey, Will Barras, James Starr, Kineta Hill, Mau Mau, Inkie… all monies raised will aid Temwa’s work to build sustainable, self-reliant communities in Northern Malawi.

Many of the artist’s who donate to Temwa for the Art for Africa Auction, also take part in various other funding raising events for the charity. Temwa is a charity that is greatly supported by the artists of Bristol, and further afield.

This year Live Painting sponsored by CASS ART will start at 4 pm, there will be a Kids Painting Workshop run by The Paintsmiths 4-6 pm, Street Food, Screen Printing by Epok AND The awesome DJ Die will be heading up the Legendary Art For Africa Afterparty.

Dont forget you can bid online, via phone (contact kirsty@temwa.org) or in person on the night or you can place reserve bids (again contact kirsty@temwa.org or ring 0117 403 1426).

 

Lokey and I, have both donated again this year… so if you fancy bidding on one of our piece’s you know what your looking…

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and a couple of cyanotypes by me…

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Return of the Macks 2017 (part one)

Travelling up to Leicester on a Friday, wasn’t as straightforward as it should have been, we had to go via Cheltenham so that I could hand in my last workbook, for the degree show, also the trains were delayed and we missed our connection in Brum, the weather ahh yes glorious sunshine and hot…(Lokey gets grumpy on overcrowded cattle wagons, when it’s a beautiful hot, sunny day – ideal painting conditions).

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So we got to Leicester an hour or so later than we had wanted, checked into the hotel, then headed to Culture Quarter, to check out what had been painted in the lead-up to the main event. What images I did take were on film (I haven’t sent them away for developing yet), after having a walk around, and catching up with a few people who still painting in the failing light, we ended up in The Exchange (lovely bar and they serve tea and cake too), now the choice’s of Cider for a Bristolian were limited, they had some bottled stuff that was apple or strawberry, or the only cider on tap… ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced – a proper clear, flat cider that only West Country folk would have the balls to drink, now remember we were all bottle fed and weaned on ‘Traditional Thatcher’s’.

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As writer’s do, there was the usual ‘pass’ the black book (It’s a writer thing, if you’re all together with peeps from out of town, you generally sign, tag or draw in each other’s black books, it’s a way of commemorating the event). It was good to catch up with old friends and new, I met and spoke to some interesting people, from all walks of life,

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some people were meeting their idols for the first time, others were old friends and crew members, who may as well be family as they’ve known each other since childhood, it was like any other night down the pub, convo’s from work, art through to family life… normal people shit, it’s wasn’t like one of these lads nights out, where get’s sloshed in the first hour, cause havoc in the town, the odd fight, and someone being nicked, it was like being in one of, those, 18th century Gentlemen’s Club’s (where no females were allowed) very civilised and somewhat posh, though we were all outside, due to it being rather humid!

This night ended a little later than planned, and the hotel, the humidity, when we walked through the fire door, towards our room, was like stepping off of a plane in Adelaide in a 100+ temp… Humidity and dehydration mean one thing, a mother f8cker of a hangover for some people! (I don’t drink by the way!)

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Those that were drinking ‘Cloudy with a chance of shit-faced’, didn’t touch it on Saturday night…

 

You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.