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Mix of Chinese hibiscus, red (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Petunia, purple (Petunia × atkinsiana) anthotype by Bengisu Çaygür

“I want to write flowery poems, sir!” by Bengisu Çaygür
Country: İstanbul, Turkey
Parts used: Flowers
Amount: 2 tablespoons of each
Extracted by: Boiling in water to which citric acid was added
Thinner: Water
Application: Brushing

Chinese hibiscus, red (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Petunia, purple (Petunia × atkinsiana) anthotype by Bengisu Çaygür
Chinese hibiscus, red (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Petunia, purple (Petunia × atkinsiana) for making anthotype by Bengisu ÇaygürLayers: 3
Substrate: Canson Montval medium grain watercolour paper, 300 gsm
Created with: Laser printed OHP positive
Exposure: 3 days, August, summer 2023
Contrast: ✿✿ (Medium)
Challenges or observations: In order to obtain colour from the flower, boiling in water or exposure to hot water is preferred. Since the amount of water is high, direct colour intensity cannot be obtained; dehydration is required for intense colour, but a colour change is observed in some flower waters at this stage. When the resulting flower water is not sufficiently dehydrated, the colour intensity cannot be obtained and requires layer-by-layer work. Purple petunia has been observed to fade faster than red Chinese hibiscus.
Additional information: This anthotype was inspired by the poem, “I want to write flowery poems, sir!” (“Çiçekli şiirler yazmak istiyorum bayım!”), published in February 1996 by the late Turkish poet, Didem Madak.
Instagram: @bengisucaygur


 
 

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:
Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022
Volume 1 contains 60 unique anthotype emulsions from 103 artists taking part from 31 countries.
 

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022


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.
 

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2023


 
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