HENDRIKA TER ELST
'A POEM OF QUIET'
This series travels from memories of the farm I grew up on in the Netherlands to the beauty of the Hudson Valley. The indoor images are of a place deserted, void of activity, void of human or animal life, a silent witness to a long history. The abstracted close-ups and wider landscapes, the open space inviting, as if tempting a butterfly to leave it's cocoon.
The process: Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes we know of. It is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. This photographic printing process uses the power of the sun’s UV rays for exposure and creates ferric ferrocyanide, also known as Prussian Blue (named for the color of the Prussian military uniforms.) The cyanotype process was widely used to create copies of technical and architectural plans, and these prints were called blueprints; even though it is no longer used in that capacity, any construction document or detailed plan is still referred to as a blueprint.
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