Experiments at the East coast....
I took a trip to the East coast to the lovely town of Filey the other day to experiment in the landscape of the fabulous beach they have there. The sand is particularly fine and the beach vast when the tide is out. It's always the same question when you arrive at the coast 'is the tide coming in or out?' well it was slowly coming in.
The weather had been very unpredictable driving in, the atmosphere was warm and mixed with the earlier downpours a rolling low mist had formed over the beach. With this slight edge to the weather and the strong spring tide some of the early experiments in the sea meant I got a bit wet, but this was an excuse to take my socks and boots off and get right into the sea and feel the sand between my toes!
Playing around with the sea water, sand and cyanotype on paper and burying paper threw up some interesting colours and textures, the salt water and sand had a great effect on the cyanotype creating some rich rusty orange tones. I'm trying to use as little cyanotype as possible and use it in a more immediate and painterly way instead of the traditional way of coating paper and drying pre-exposure. Its more about using the liquid as a vehicle for interaction with other materials and the light & atmosphere.
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