Cyanotype is a historical photographic process discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel as a means of 'copying' his notes. In 1843 Anna Atkins became the first person to produce and photographically illustrate a book using cyanotypes.

Some of my works are called 'photograms' which is a camera-less process in which objects are placed on top of unexposed light-sensitive paper and exposed to light. These photograms are made using found botanical specimens from specific locations. I also make cyanotypes following a digital negative process. My cyanotypes are exposed outside using the sun or indoors using UV light. I love the spontaneous nature of cyanotype as well as the experimental element– each image is unique and there is an element of chance in the process. I’m interested in how the work focusses attention on often overlooked plants (grasses, weeds, etc), and celebrates the beauty of nature in all its forms. Some of my larger works, where the materials have been taken from a specific location, are a homage to that spot.

I have a degree in Art History from Victoria University. I recently exhibited in the 2019 Wairarapa Art Review at Aratoi Museum of Art and History, and was the winner of the The Pete Nikolaison Photographer and Framer Photography Award.

I am available for commissions and am interested in these using site specific and significant materials for the buyer.

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