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Algae, spirulina (Spirulina maxima) anthotype by Dennis Humphrey

“Hope for Life” by Dennis Humphrey
Country: Canada
Parts used: Powder
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 4 days in bright sunlight
Months, season and year: June, Summer, 2022
Substrate: Hannemühle Platinum Rag (300 gsm, cotton rag)
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Anthotype by Dennis Humprey

Amount: 1 tbsp powder in 165 mL water & 10 mL vodka
Extracted using: n/a – used purchased powder
Thinner: Distilled water + vodka
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Laser-printed OHP positive (x2) of a bursting seed pod

Challenges or observations: This was my first anthotype ever. I prepared too much emulsion, though; also, it was lumpy and smelly. Application was streaky with a brush. The print could probably have been exposed for another day or so for better contrast.

The Spirulina powder was a rich, velvety blue-green. For me, the colour green is linked to growth and renewal; light blue evokes peacefulness. The bursting seed pod also gives us hope for renewed life and peace.

Instagram: @kamiya_artisan
Web: https://linktr.ee/dennishumphrey

Additional information:

Top left, clockwise: paper coated with diluted Spirulina powder; OHP positive; 2 OHP positive stapled together; contact printing frame exposed in south-facing window
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This anthotype is part of World Anthotype Day

World Anthotype Day was started by AlternativePhotography.com in 2022. In August anthotype artists all over the world celebrate the anthotype process and send in their entries. We add them here to the database and create a reference book for each year. The purpose of the day is to build a large resource where artist can learn which pigmenets and plants that work and draw inspiration from other artists' work. The reference books can be found here:

Volume 1 is the first book in the series:
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Volume 1 contains 60 unique anthotype emulsions from 103 artists taking part from 31 countries.
 

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Volume 2 is the second book:
Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photogaphers on World Anthotype Day 2023
Volume 2 contains 100 unique anthotype emulsions from 139 artists taking part from 31 countries.
 

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