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English Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) anthotype by Ralph Rinke

“Stack of Chips” by Ralph Rinke
Country: Canada
Parts used: Cucumber skin (hothouse/greenhouse)
Application: Brushing with a foam brush
Exposure time: 3 hours 45 minutes – during mid day and high sun
Months, season and year: Summer, July 2022
Substrate: Stonehenge White cotton rag – 250 gsm
Contrast of final print: *** (High)

English Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) anthotype by Ralph RinkeEnglish cucumber for making anthotypesAmount: Peeled skins of 1/2 cucumber
Extracted using: Mortar & Pestle, sieve then decanted juice
Thinner:The skins were juicy enough, no extra thinner required
Layers: 6 coats
Used to create image: Positive print on Fixxons Positive Film
Challenges or observations:
Makes a great cucumber salad while you wait for your print to expose. A nice bright green colour after applying 3 or 4 coats. I would almost guarantee an image with minimal exposure required. This could be the gateway (drug) plant to Anthotyping, you’ll be hooked.

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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:
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


 
If you want to learn more about making anthotypes there is also the "how-to" book:
Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plantsMake prints using plants - an environmentally safe process!
 
The most comprehensive resource on Anthotypes.
 

Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants

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If you are already practising anthotype printing, we suggest making notes to document and learn:
Anthotype notebook50 pre-defined pages for you to document your anthotype process.
 

Anthotype notes – Document your anthotype process

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