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Alternative process



There are a variety of classical techniques in photography, all of which have a handcrafted charm that cannot be achieved with digital photography. Here, I tried to express flowers using platinum prints and cyanotypes, which are relatively easy to work with among the classical techniques. In cyanotype, in particular, an image is created by placing petals and leaves directly onto paper coated with a photosensitive agent, then exposing the image to sunlight (ultraviolet light) and finally washing it in water to complete the process. Depending on the chemicals used during the rinsing process, the tonal gradations change in different ways, creating an interesting and rich expression.

© Naomi Iida
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