“Day” from the diptych series “Day and Night” by Ania Krypska
Country: London, UK
Parts used: Skin
Amount: Outer layers peeled off three onions
Extracted by: Cooking
Thinner: Tap water
Layers: 4 (2 plus 2 additional layers through filter paper)
Substrate: Semi-gloss photo paper
Created with: Photogram of dry flowers
Exposure: 2 days, August, summer 2023
Contrast: ✿✿ (Medium)
Challenges or observations: Red onion skin offers a range of colour variations. The result is soft and tranquil, with warm browns, peachy tones, and hints of grey and greens. It evokes a rustic feel and contributes to earthy aesthetics. Exposing to unpredictable weather in the UK has been quite the adventure. Dealing with these ever-changing atmospheric conditions certainly requires careful planning and observation to make the most of the available sunlight.
Additional information: Applying emulsion on photo paper has proven to be more successful for me in achieving finer lines and a sharper image. Dipping the paper in the emulsion for a longer duration results in richer brown tones, but does not necessarily lead to increased contrast.