“Boys in summer” by Andie Dale
Plants used: Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa), Blackberry (Rubus ulmifolius), Rosehip (Rosa Canina), Ground paprika (Capsicum annuum)
Parts used: The berries and the powder
Exposure time: 3 days
Month, season and year: August 2022 (15th-18th Aug)
Substrate: Acrylic paper
Contrast of final print: *** (High) (Excellent and really easy to use)
Amount: Whole strawberry, a small handful of blackberries, 3 or 4 rosehips and 2 tsp paprika
Extracted using: Mortar
Used to create image: Fauna and a cardboard cut out. A variety of flora and fauna, exclusively from my garden. Ferns, climbing ferns, Yorkshire fog, herb Robert (flowers and leaves), European ash, vaccinium myrtilliodes.
Challenges or observations: A simple emulsion to make; dries quickly and layers well. Reacts very quickly and a single layer is enough to get an effect. Also smells gorgeous.
Additional information: I’ve been anthotyping for around 3 weeks as my next step in alternative photography. I love it! I exposed this in my greenhouse – another place for my experiments.
This relates to hope in that I spend so much of my time watching my boys together. Between them, they hold all my hopes for their future. This is our first summer in this house and the future feels closer than it ever has.