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Anthotypes (plant prints) Overview
Anthotypes are a seldom-used impermanent cameraless photography process, invented by Sir John Herschel and Mary Somerville in the early 1840’s .
The impermanent process entails extracting juice from plants and painting onto a surface (normally paper) to create prints, with the sun’s UV rays blasting the pigments to complete the process. This can take between three hours to three weeks depending on numerous factors, such as time of year, the weather, and plant material used. Colourful, often ghostly impressions can be created successfully using store-bought vegetables or items in your average kitchen cupboard.
Beetroot, spinach, and even red wine can be used to create the emulsion or ‘paint’, using a mortar and pestle to extract plant juices. No photographic chemicals are required. Leaves, weeds, flowers, and thin materials such as lace are items that can be placed over the paper with emulsion on to create imagery.
Limitation of 50 participants.
Note: This webinar will be held in English
I am a photographer based in London, and a recent graduate of LCC's Photojournalism & Documentary Photography MA course where I received a distinction.
My personal documentary practice generally centres on the LGBTQIA+ community, who I enjoy working alongside to embolden storytelling and to make the work more representative of the community, of which I am part of.
My work frequently features alternative photographic processes such as anthotypes (plant prints) and cyanotypes. I run workshops on the anthotype process for both the queer community and gardening community. I'm also an experienced picture editor and picture researcher.