Kellogg Community College, photography

Teresa Oswald



Teresa Oswald
Art 295 Alternative Processes
Cyanotype prints; 8″ x 10″
series of 6

Cyanotype is a process developed in 1842. The medium (paper in this case) is coated with a mixture of two chemicals, ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide and allowed to dry. I used digital negatives for these images. The negative was placed on top of the coated paper and secured in an 8×10 frame and exposed to UV light for about 45 minutes. When the exposure is adequate, the paper was rinsed and dried again.

13 thoughts on “Teresa Oswald”

  1. These are both very successful and have such a nice range of color and depth. The top image is my favorite of the two but both are great. I also like how you left the roughness of the border around both images to make the process of cyanotypes stand out and frame the image.

  2. You did a great job with the exposure of the prints, great decision to include the brush strokes along the border, it adds depth. The composition also allows for movement in the image.

  3. Superb execution on these pieces, not only compositionally but in processing them. I have used this process once before and it is very finicky. The tonal range is very well done and the choice of images is smart. The blue color gives these landscapes a vintage photography feel while still bringing life to it (probably because the blue makes sense with water being a main theme in both images). If it had been done in black and white it would not feel like it was still alive, it would appear to be something that once was.

  4. I think it’s really cool that you’re exploring an old form of capturing images using modern technology. It takes black and white photography to a new level with an old form. It really does look like it belongs in a textbook.

  5. These are exceptional images, and you did a great job both in composition and process. The exposure in both images are great, and I love that you included a thick border with the brush strokes. Cyanotypes can be difficult to achieve, but I feel that you did mastered this technique well. The second image is my favorite because of the composition as well as the concept behind it. Would love to see more work, and continue to work with cyanotypes.

  6. I have tried Cyanotype myself before and they did not turn out as beautiful as yours. These two photos are really clear and have nice range of color and contrast too. And they look very nostalgic too. Great work!

  7. Excellent processing and compositional skills. Pure and calming are the first things that come into my head. The absence of human life form and the blue tint creates a cool, spacious atmosphere that seems inviting and meditative. I think often the use of cyanotypes is useless and doesn’t add to the photograph, but in this case I wouldn’t want to see it anyway else. Kind of comes off like a blueprint to happiness for me (cheesy but truthful)

  8. These photographs are beautifully composed and printed. I adore the landscapes very much. The paper makes it feel as though it’s older and several years old, which reads to me as if it’s been there for a long time.

  9. I love looking at Cyanotype images since I almost never see them anymore. You did a great job with composing these photos as well, and I really like how you added the border around them with the paintbrush strokes. You were really successful in the overall compositions of each piece!

  10. These cyanotypes are very successful. I am a huge fan and plan on spending next semester’s advanced class working on cyanotypes. There’s just a beautiful feeling I get when viewing these two images; they’re very serene images and that is in part to the choice of using cyanotype printing.

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