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Red Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata f. rubra) + Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) anthotype by Clive Pigott

“One Day of Hope 19590919” by Clive Pigott
Country: New Zealand
Parts used: Cabbage – leaves + Beetroot – root
Application: Brush 1-inch hake
Exposure time: 9 days facing North through 2 layers of glass (the glass-frame support and bedroom window)
Months, season and year: June, end Autumn – beginning Winter 2022
Substrate: REEVES Watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

“One Day of Hope 19590919” by Clive PigottBeetroot and red cabbage for Anthotype emulsionAnthotype from: Red Cabbage (Brassica olearacea var, capitata f. rubra)/Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)
Amount: ½ regular-sized red cabbage. whole beetroot bulb
Extracted using: chopping and food blender. sieved via cheesecloth
Thinner: Alcohol
Layers: x 3 layers
Used to create image: US Letter-sized OHP Apollo paper, taped in place
Challenges or observations:
• Decided to use a blend of pigments to soften the red of the beetroot with the lighter lilac red cabbage.
• Weather at the time was mostly clear days with intense but fairly low sun.
• The positive was placed over paper in a glass picture frame and then placed in bedroom window panel.
• The bedroom window panel is not the cleanest/clearest it could be – it gets very battered by our strong north-westerlies. This may be the reason for the non-uniform colouration across thex6 panels
• I made far too much emulsion than needed – should have weighed out much less. The pigment blend is 1:1 volume:volume
• X6 identical positive images of my mother on her wedding day 19 September 1959


 
 

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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