The Cyanotype process combines twenty first century technology and 19th century photographic techniques, creating new, unpredictable images
"Take me to the River"
The project “Take me to the River" consists of a series of cyanotypes developed in close collaboration with the River Isar. Cyanotype is a photographic technic invented in 1843, which can work without film, camera and darkroom.
Partly performance, partly Artefact, -"Take me to the River“ is a cartographic impression of the Isar valley. The works were created by bringing light-sensitive paper in direct contact with the elements in and around the Isar river. Water, sand and gravel touch the paper, and the influence of sunlight is used to capture a picture of the shore, the landscape and the river as a camera could never do. The result are monumental tableaux that show the restless forces of the flowing water. Landscape pictures in the best sense of the word. The work continues to evolve and change over time, in response to its environment, quite similar to the natural phenomena they depict.
Watching the clouds and the sky everyday I started the Cyanotype-Cloud-Capturing-Project in 2014 and spend the last serveral months producing a series of cloud-photos made by sunlight. The pictures of the sky were made by exposing light sensitve paper to sunlight then later being soaked in water to recall the relationship between sun and water when forming clouds. Every image created consists only of the colors blue and white, similar to the sky and clouds themselves. The process involves various experiments with materials and coincidences and was documented in a diary.
Cyanotype, a 19th century photo process seemed the right medium to continue my working on creating clouds. Images are captured with a digital camera, transferred onto transparency film from the computer and then printed with the nineteenth century photographic processes of cyanotype. The resulting rich, deep colors of blue give the images a mysterious and ethereal quality. The combination of 19th century photographic processes with 21st century digital manipulation satisfies both the cerebral and hands on aspects of creating these prints.