A cyanotype project inspired by the work of Anna Atkins and others who work with the long tradition of floral and botanical specimens in alternative photo-process. Using the scanner as a camera, I place the small objects directly on the scanner bed and make very high resolution image files, then enlarge them and print as inkjet negatives, to then be contact printed as cyanotypes.
"Abscission" is a general term for an organism shedding or losing parts of itself, but usually refers to the process of a plant creating a small "abscission zone" at the base of a leaf stem, which eventually gives way and causes the leaf to fall.
Though only a few pieces from this series were ever exhibited, and it was meant to be more of a technical exercise than a fully realized project, over the years I have grown more fond of these little images.
Each is a 9" x 11" cyanotype photograph on Stonehenge paper
Unknown Unknowns: The Life and Work of Charles Doublevay 2005
My MFA Thesis show, California State University, Fullerton, 2005.
A "fictional history," the project outlines the life and work of Charles Doublevay in the manner of a documentary retrospective, with myself cast in the role of curator and "discoverer" of Doublevay's work.