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Geranium (Pelargonium hortorum) anthotype by Malin Fabbri

“I hope we are in time” by Malin Fabbri
Country: Sweden
Parts used: Petals
Application: Brushing, using a foam brush
Exposure time: 2 days in part sun, part cloud
Month, season and year: August, Summer, 2022
Substrate: Watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Geranium (Pelargonium hortorum) anthotype by Malin FabbriGeranium (Pelargonium hortorum) anthotypeAmount: One head of flowers
Extracted using: Crushed in mortar, then filtered through a sieve
Thinner: Diluted with about 15 drops of vodka
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Paper cut out of a tree and a wind-powered station

Challenges or observations: I started out with a blueberry emulsion, but it didn’t expose fast enough; so a few days before Anthotype Day, I switched to geraniums. The deadline was approaching, and I ran out of time. I was not hoping for a great print, but I’m happy with the result. The “grey cloud” in the image was caused by pooling of the emulsion, and for some reason, it turned a bit darker there — a lucky coincidence, since the “cloud” adds to the image. The grey cloud seems a reminder to us of the struggles and darkness that loom over us and on the horizon. 

Additional information: The word “Hope” can mean so much. There is war, pandemics, injustices and a climate crisis going on. I wanted my image to focus on the climate crisis and the efforts that are taking place there by individuals and corporations. Whilst governments don’t seem to do too much, some people do a little, many do a lot and others put their best effort into solving things and saving the earth. I hope we are not too late, so I named my image “I hope we are in time”.

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