Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Cyanotype Photography

27th September 2016
Monthly Meeting
Crockham Hill Village Hall
Cyanotype photography and the History of the Blueprint
Cathy Corbishley Michel

The title of September's talk may seem like a bit of a mouthful and we suspect that most people in the room knew little about the topic. If you put together early photography, blueprints, Shackleton, the Endurance, sunlight creating shapes of everyday objects and quilting, you are probably half way there.

We were treated to an insightful talk about all of these and their relationship with each other by Cathy Corbishley Michel. Cathy told us that in recent years she has been working on a series of large quilted wall-hangings based on the Hurley Endurance Photographs, taken in 1914-16 during Sir Ernest Shackleton's near disastrous voyage to the Weddell Sea and his escape from the Antarctic ice after his ship sank.

Cathy's talk included both the history of the Cyanotype (blueprint) technique, which dates back to the mid 19th century and the inspiration behind the Endurance project. She gave details of how she developed the technique through experimentation both in the open air using chemicals and sunlight and in her studio at home. By the end we felt enlightened by the way these random subjects all came together.

Thank you for a truly interesting talk, Cathy and we will allow the photographs to illustrate the point.

Brian tells us all about the many new groups and Cathy gets started on her talk

Cathy Corbishley Michel
Experimentation with chemicals and sunlight

The Shackleton Endurance Project Quilts 
Ready for tea and cake