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Mix of Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Violet, common blue (Viola sororia), and Blueberries, wild (Vaccinium angustifolium) anthotype by Dominick Rivers

“Ancestral Inquiries” by Dominick Rivers
Country: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Parts used: Petals of redbud blossoms and violets, whole blueberries
Amount: 1/2 cup of each
Extracted by: Mortar & pestle
Thinner: Extremely cheap vodka
Application: Pour emulsion into lightproof container; submerge film strips in container; swirl around; rest container upside down for 20 minutes, then flip over for 20 minutes

Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Violet, Common blue (Viola sororia), and Blueberries, wild (Vaccinium angustifolium) anthotype by Dominick Rivers Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Violet, Common blue (Viola sororia), and Blueberries, wild (Vaccinium angustifolium) for making anthotype by Dominick RiversLayers: 1
Substrate: Super 8 Kodak acetate film leader
Created with: Positive film strips on top of coated Super 8 Kodak Acetate Leader
Exposure: About 7 days, May, mid-spring, 2023
Contrast: ✿ (Low)
Challenges or observations: Definitely would have benefitted from another coat or two of the emulsion source. Slight difference between the darker and lighter areas of the print: not easy to see what it is.
Additional information: Original imagery from a 16mm film shot by my great, great grandfather. I made a Super 8 copy of the film (caffenol & eco-bleaching). Oddly enough, a 16mm test strip exposed very nicely and quickly, after only about 3.5 hours in direct sunlight. These strips were produced using footage from a scrap bin.
The image is closeups of the 16mm film strips. The 16mm film strips are from a work-in-progress, not from the video, though they do share the same emulsion source.
Instagram: @floralcowstudios
Website: dominickrivers.com


 
 

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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