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Phasey bean (Macroptilium lathyroides) anthotype by Keila Knobel

“Delicate activism”, by Keila Knobel
Country: Brazil
Parts used: The whole flower
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 1 week
Month, season and year: July, winter, 2022
Substrate: Watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Phasey bean (Macroptilium lathyroides) anthotype by Keila KnobelPhasey bean (Macroptilium lathyroides) anthotypeAmount: Handful for each A4 print
Extracted using: Mortar
Thinner: Alcohol 70%
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Photogram of little flowers

Challenges or observations: The brighter image I got, the  one that looks like a cloud, was an accident. I tried to apply an extra layer of emulsion, but, as I had very little left, I added a bit more alcohol to it. As soon as I noticed it was causing the paper to lose colour, I stopped and just let it dry the way it was.

The theme “Hope”: The plants used to make the emulsion, as the ones in the photogram, are spontaneous plants, or so-called “invasive” plants. I see them as very persistent lives that keep blooming no matter what.

Instagram: @keila_knobel
Facebook: keila_knobel

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