I came across this photographic artist, whilst researching cyanotypes after completing my recent practical course. I wanted to make a note of her here, in my blog, because I found her work really inspiring. The scales at which she is working, and the natural processes that she employs, are really remarkable. I would absolutely love to try something like this.
The series of Riepenhoff’s that first captured my attention was Littoral Drift. Essentially, the artist treats large pieces of paper with cyanotype chemicals and then leaves them out in the rain, or half buried on a beach, until they have been adequately exposed. The resulting images are simply beautiful. On her website, Riepenhoff describes the process as follows:
“the series consists of camera-less cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape and the ocean, at the edges of both. The elements that I employ in the process—waves, rain, wind, and sediment—leave physical inscriptions through direct contact with photographic materials.
Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed; they will continue to change over time in response to environments that they encounter, blurring the line between creation and destruction.”
This is yet another example that I have come across recently of combing science and art, and of using traditional techniques in new and exciting ways. The playfulness of the approach really appeals to me, and it inspires me to find something similar to try.