Blue Things (2017)
A series of cyanotype prints of blue objects.
Cyanotype is a photographic process that produces a rich cyan-blue tinted image, and was first developed in 1842 as a means to reproduce notes and diagrams (think architectural blueprints), and later made famous by Anna Atkins to document plant specimens.
While experimenting with this process, I began to think about what objects were blue and why. Starting with compositions of organic or traditional blue objects: blue flowers, ancient blue ceramics from China, etc., I increasingly came across artificial items that are produced in a rich blue hue: tarps, gloves, moving blankets, tape, recycling bins, dumpsters. Most of the images I used were sourced from industrial supply catalogs, photographed in a plain and austere manner.
I began to think about the cultural use of the word blue as well- used to denote feelings of sadness, or vulgarity, or even the heavens.
1. mod. depressed; melancholy. That music always makes me blue.
2. mod. obscene; vulgar; dirty. Those blue jokes don’t go over very well around here.
3. n. the sky; the heavens. The idea came to me right out of the blue.
While experiencing a "blue period" in my own life, and spending a lot of time alone listening to true crime podcasts, I began combining these industrial objects in more "random" compositions, and soon, a darker narrative began to emerge.