This summer I'm concocting experiments in my studio, to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time.
They're part of a series on China and America's common ground: Opium. A drug that once caused friction between our countries that lingers in the mind of many today.
Here for the first time I'll show some of my works-in-progress. Some I've rejected, but shots of them will illustrate aspects of Cyanotype printing that give ideas for further experiments. Others will I think make the final cut.
They range in size from 2.5 x 3 feet to 2.5 x 6 feet, all on textured cotton from Yunnan, China.
These are first painted in a dim room late at night. The chemicals are a light yellowish color, and it's difficult to see what will actually print when I expose them to sunlight the next day.
Detail of opium pipe:
Words cut from Xuan paper, used as negatives for the print:
It's been half a year since I last had the space to print Cyanotypes, during a residency at USM Malaysia.
Find out more about Cyanotypes in this how-to post.
More images from this series in this Flickr set.