This year was to be a year of exhibitions, projects, books, and workshops; it has turned out rather differently. Over the past weeks and months I have instead been concentrating on writing and printing. In particular I have been cyanotype printing, using negatives made from some of my photographs, but also, as with the work above, photograms made from pressed flowers. These three prints, made on a delicate hand-made paper from Bhutan, are mounted together on an A3-sized board to form a one-of-a-kind artwork. I’m selling this work, and other cyanotypes, over at my photography website (there are books and other prints for sale there too). Selling prints has been a great source of encouragement this Spring, so thank-you to everyone who has helped support me and other artists this way.
Yesterday I had to go next door to finish off cutting our shared hedge, but I was distracted, as usual, by an opportunity to take pictures. I finished the hedge, but not before I had spent an hour lying down in the grass, getting wet and risking being stung by wasps, photographing these butterflies. They let me go very close, but I suspect they were probably a bit drunk. As far as I can work out, the butterflies here are the Red Admiral, the Comma, and the Speckled Wood, but I’m no better on butterflies than varieties of apple.
The dunes at Crosby have been protected from erosion by an enormous pile of demolition rubbish from what looks like Lancashire factories and other large buildings. Lovely sea-rounded bricks. (1968 Zorki-4, Jupiter-8 lens, Kodak Ultramax 400).
I took a walk around the Albert Dock area of Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, with my trusty Zorki 4 camera. The Albert Dock was rescued from the wrecking ball in the 1980s, but there has been a lot of development there recently too, especially around the Pier Head, from where the ferry sails. I’m hoping to make use of these images in a more concrete way in the future, but I’m enjoying the colours these old Jupiter 8 lenses seem to produce, and having fun getting to grips with a fully manual camera.