Experimentation: UV bleached contact prints


Back in the early days of this course, I read a book about experimental photography.  One of the techniques mentioned in the book, that I thought I might like to try, was chlorophyll printing.  I bought all of the bits and pieces that I needed to make my own contact-printing frame, but unfortunately, I was slow to collect the leaves that I wanted to experiment with.  The consequence of this, was that by the time I got around to assembling my frame, it was winter and the leaves were gone.  I therefore needed to adapt my experiment.

In the absence of suitable leaves, I raided my children’s art and crafts supplies, and selected some strongly coloured paper; the kind that I remember from my own childhood, as being easily bleached by the sun when mounted on school walls.  I then printed my transparencies and loaded everything into my makeshift contact-printing frame.

Of course, the next problem that I encountered (also due to starting this experiment in the winter) was the lack of strong sunlight available to fade my images.  I therefore had to buy a UV light bulb in order to speed up the experiment.

My images have now been exposed to the sunlight for several weeks and to the UV lamp for one afternoon.  The colour of the paper (and of the acetate prints) appears to be fading.  However, I have no idea how long it will take to get an agreeable result.  At the moment, I am eagerly anticipating seeing the full effects…