Original Photo: New Orleans 2002, Printed 2003.
Cyanotype on cold press paper
Light filters through an apothecary's window display of abandoned medical panaceas
There are few sensations as exhilarating as a clean slate. Beginnings are fumbles in the dark, full of possibilities and pitfalls.
While sorting through boxes from the past, I rediscovered my first cyanotypes from 2003, made shortly before I moved to Asia. As I sifted through these prints on French, English and Indian cotton papers, memories come flooding back:
* Late nights printing with halogen and other lights, experimenting with angles and distance, melting negatives, reversing others, and overexposing most of the prints that made it that far.
* Entire afternoons spent at Kinko's making transparent negatives: enlarging, inverting and adjusting contrast on their copy machines.
* Days devoted to printing in Boston's feeble spring sunlight.
Click here to see the few early cyanotypes that made the final cut.