Fall is here! In a meteorological sense at least. While it would be nice to post a blog of Fun Fall Foliage, I opted for Fun Fern Foliage instead. Lumen print wise, I’ve been thinking a lot about ferns lately. I made the one above just a week or so ago for inspiration whilst getting ready to speak about my Ancient World Tour at the Algiers Library (the one in Louisiana). …It’s just now dawning on me that I didn’t use the image for the presentation. Ha.Ha. Anyhoo, my Ancient World Tour is mostly comprised of modern fossils, lumenescent impressions of our natural world. And ferns figure in to both the ancient world and our present world - they are some of the oldest fossils found, and are just as prevalent today.
Fern Fossil (Modern Fossils Series)
Ancient Algiers & Modern Fossils will be on disply at Algiers Regional Library though Sept. 30th
Ferns also figure into the dawn of photography during the Victorian age, with the early pioneers Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, among others, using them in their work. And they feature in my work since I started working with this process back in the late Aughts (of the 21st century).
Tea toned ferns in my backyard. Silver Gelatin Print
So I suppose I’m thinking of ferns around the season change b/c the only constant in this world is ..change, yet ferns provide some sort of stability within that. A constant. This concept figures into my Victorian Series based on Victorian Mourning Traditions, where, yes, a fern is featured - Surprise, Surprise. (check out my Lumen Print page for more info on that series)
Fern: Magic & Fascination (Victorian Series)
I’m also realizing just how many fern lumen prints I have ….they do make excellent subjects for experimentation.I like the colors in this one:
And apparently I am drawn to printing them whenever the season changes, what with that whole change/constant thing I s’pose.
Winter Solstice Ferns, December 2018
WORLD CYANOTYPE DAY Sept 28th If you want to explore the world (or ferns) through the art of cyanotypes, a solar photographic process, (and are in New Orleans) come on out to the Healing Center this Saturday 9/28 anytime between 11 and 3 where I will being leading a Fun FREE Community Cyanotype Workshop with my cameraless pals David Armentor & Robert Schaefer. We’ll have some ferns among lots of other things or bring your own objects that lay flat. Details here: https://photonola.org/world-cyanotype-day-workshop/
Fern cyanotypes (in progress & completed) by participants at cyanotype workshop January 2019
ILLUMENATE YOUR SPACE I’m harvesting my lumens this Fall, making space for exciting new lumen print projects in 2020! Ferns make a great addition to your space alive or dead (what?) or rather, reborn as a lumen print. A few of these ferns are available in my Illumenate Your Space gallery and can be purchased through my Shoppe if interested. For any others feel free to inquire via email for availability & pricing.
I’ll be posting more lumen themes as I update the ILUMENate gallery in the weeks, couple months to come, and as I discover them, giggle. In the meantime, check the Calendar for upcoming gigs, shows, random sun printing extravaganzas, etc. You can also sign up for my mailing list where you will occasionally be updated on the State of My World!.
Fern & a Friend
Till next time…
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