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the honey jar

there is a bee keeper on the other side of town i like to buy honey from.  i usually drive down his driveway

which looks like it isn’t really there from the head of the street, but you just make a left and follow the dirt road.

you arrive and there are honey bees flying around doing their thing.  if i was my younger self i wouldn’t be very

happy, i’ve been bitten by bees or yellow jackets and wasps and hornets when i was a kid, and i have a healthy

misunderstood fear about honey bees.  they just do their thing, its the other “stuff” that want to sting you.  just

yesterday i was talking with an old friend who told me about how he moved a school desk in his back yard

and a cyclone of thousands of yellow jackets came out and chased him inside.  he’s the same guy who told me a

story years ago, when i mentioned we had yellow jackets flying out of a hole in the ground, he told me about

hiking in california or someplace and stopping at an overlook of some sort and he heard the hum of high tension

wires / electricity.  he looked around and there were no power lines but he noticed yellow jackets coming out of

the ground.  he was standing on a giant hive …  he kind of kept walking and didn’t look back.

anyways, the bee keeper …

i’ve gone there a few times and told friends and family about him.  he goes by the name papa roger

in case you want some, or want to buy some bees or bee keeping supplies

https://sites.google.com/site/paparogersfarm/contact

the first batch of honey i got from him was in a big quart jar, and it was black as tar, and amazing.  the 2nd

batches were in smaller jars and the usual amber color.  we’re out now and i have to bring my jars

back to papa roger to be re-filled with his local honey.  some say that consuming honey is good if you

have allergies to pollen, hay fever &c.  im not sure if it is true, or not, i just like his honey.

this is one of the jars.

i made some cyanotypes from it.  i used fresh mixed cyanotype emulsion, the “classic” recipe

there are as many recipes for making classic cyanotypes as there are people who make them

the one i used:

50 g. Ferric Ammonium Citrate (8 oz. H2O)

Part B 35 g. Potassium Ferricyanide ( 8oz. H2O)

the blues are deep and dark and beautiful.  the cyanotypes i had been making the last few weeks

were made with pre-coated paper from 7+ months ago, i could see the difference immediately

the fresh coated, fresh made paper is more sensitive to light, and depending on the batch i used

the blue can be more intense.  the contrast is really high so i have decided to use the sun in open shade

if i can for at least part of the exposure and direct sun for part of the exposure, it gives a fuller image.

anyways here are 3 honey jars

3 jars

hydrogen peroxide added to wash water, then a tiny bit of washing soda.

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waxed field and photograms

another from a recent slew of waxed negative cyanotypes

waxed and exposed, mottled sky

waxed negative 2 day exposure

one of the last coated papers from the winter/spring when i coated and coated to use up my sensitizer.  the  paper is yellowish

from being bleached a little bit, maybe 10 seconds with sodium carbonate, but the reverse side of the paper has a clear image as

if the cyanotype embedded itself inside the paper.  i almost scanned THAT side instead of the actual side i exposed on.

 

hair care tools

tools of the trade

broken glass and glass

desaturated cyanotype

 

the absolute last cyanotypes from last winter/spring,

and a few comments …

pre coated paper lasts a long while but gets slower every day it sits in a light safe.  even darkish weirdly colored paper

still has some juice left in it and it just takes a little extra time in the sun.  waxed prints bleed through the paper but the image

isn’t as clear or nice on the other side.  #10 envelopes make great cyanotype paper.  they are fun to coat and expose on

and a great aspect ratio.  when they are washed all the glue that holds them together lets go and it leaves you with wings

they can be ignored or included in the final piece.  this time i ignored them but next time i won’t.  cyanotypes are so much fun

i almost want to stop using a camera and film and photo paper !  … almost.

as i type this entry i have some more ideas to do with photo paper and hand coated emulsion.  ideas that will give me black paper

because the black paper i coated bled black dye all in my chemistry, because i dont’ want to deal with black glass, and while i

have exposed and processed and re-coated with liquid emulsion regular photopaper in the past i might have stumbled upon

something easy and fun to do that doesnt’ require double dipping in photochemistry.

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emulsive

i thought i posted a link to this but i guess it got away from me.

i was interviewed by emulsive.org a little while ago about film and emulsion and what i am up to.

in case you don’t know about emulsive org what i am up to here is the link

what’s emulsive.org ?  feel free to go there, its a pretty interesting site

well worth the click !

I am John Nanian and this is why I shoot film

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more recent cyanotypes

if you have been reading my last few posts you probably know  i have been making cyanotypes.

what happened was i mixed a bunch of cyanotype chemistry and rather than get rid of it

i coated everyting i could find …  14×17 xerox paper, butcher paper, velum (pierce and bristol ? ) mailing envelopes

brown craft paper ..  some things work better than others …  i have done similar things with photo emulsion ..  just coated

what i could to see what worked and didn’t …  and to be honest i am thinking that sometimes the stuff didn’t work because

of how i use/ don’t use  whatever it is that i am using.  maybe it doesn’t like my negatives, maybe it doesn’t like my water source

or developer …

 

anyways  here are a few more waxed paper cyanotypes

hot off the skillet !

 

cropped

on the way to vezelay walking up the hill

barely bleached

central france walking to vezelay basilica

saran wrap

dead plant and clothespin, classic cyanotype

 

i think the age of the classic formula gives it a weirdish green tone when i develop it out.  the saran wrap gives a nice wavy texture.

the 2 waxed paper negatives are straight scans.  the negatives  are bleached a little bit to get rid of the blue, some areas turned brownish more.

the way i bleach is that i put less than a thumble full of water logged washing soda ( calcium carbonate ) in a big beaker of water and it dissolves readily,

then i pour the solution into the wash water and it dilutes as the tray drains ( it is a print washing tray i drilled holes in years ago for a water jacket )

a couple of fill and dumps the prints have bleached enough and i keep washing.

the print has an area on it that is stained from the wax, but it is just the border, and doesn’t bleed into the print.

the waxed negative prints i usually leave in direct sunlight ( sun blasting on the print frame ) for 8 hours.  sometimes i don’t move it in time so it gets open shade

or shady sunlight, sometimes it is shade before i remember to move it …  this time it started raining as i was exposing, so i brought in the frames and dried them and

the glass off, and put them back out in the sun the next day when i could.  some water leeched in under the glass and messed with the print along with the blotchy-ness from

the wax.  even thought some might view these as failures, and things i couldn’t do again if i tried, i see them as successes.  the waxed negative is great to work with

and sometimes partial development by rain while the image is exposing can lead to interesting results.

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recent cyanotypes

just made a handful of cyanotypes lately using paper coated and left in a light safe

in a humid basement for the last 7 or 8 months.  the paper was not the best but it worked (sort of )

made some photograms ( some i watercolored ) i made a contact print with a waxed rubbing and tinted it in photoshop

and i also converted some digital images into black and white negatives on xerox paper and waxed and printed them.

i have some more negatives to print and cyanotype paper to use up before i mix new.

 

rubbing waxed negative

rubbing waxed negative

4 screwdrivers

photogram, watercolors

3 nails

photogram, watercolors

semicircle of stuff

photogram, watercolors

truck

waxed paper negative

vezelay

waxed paper negative

metal wire brush

photogram, watercolors

 

 

 

 

as usual most of my work is on imagekind ( jnanian.imagekind.com )  feel free to browse.  through the end of september

i will be donating a portion of every purchase ( 70% ) to relief efforts in louisana.

 

 

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a few photograms, with hand made emulsion

i love making photograms.  they only take a second, and they are a blast.

 

bulbs

inverted photogram
onion bulbs

 

spoon

hand made inverted photogram

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recent images

 

 

 

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the plates were still wet

the plates were sill wet, so i made some sumatranol 130 into a reversal developer / monobath
and made some photograms.  they are still hanging too ( all rc paper ) and ill scan some tomorrow …

the recipe i got from the cyclopeida was just an extremely weak developer.

it wasn’t anything fancy, just a weak, washing soda ( sodium carbonate ) rick developer and without much of a developing agent
not sure how it was supposed to develop anything seeing it wouldn’t really turn a sheet of paper black in room light,

more to follow as the adventure continues ..

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pine branches and needles

today i was cleaning up the darkroom a little bit

actually, i was looking for an unprocessed paper negative ( eventually found it )
and while i was putting things away, i came across a pine branch.  got it in the spring
never got a chance to use it until toda …

lumen print with hand coated paepr

this is a series of crops from the scanned original

 

pine branch lumen print, 7hours

 

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