The final images I’ve decided on a representative of the processes that I used and found most interesting and successful. Not all of the images were produced on site. In the environment I used a digital camera and an iPhone camera to capture both still and moving images as I wanted a full range of representation. Some images and film can be found on Instagram here (this is not my main Instagram account).
Fern: Sun cream on photographic paper exposed for 3 hours in afternoon sunlight.
This is a type of lumen print. I placed bracken onto the photographic paper and sprayed a suncream over it, then removed the fern and exposed the image outside before rinsing in water and soaking in fixer for a few minutes.
This was one of the initial images I took on my first trip. Much of my initial work was on a less shady side of the forest that has a large lake and golf course. I took a lot of film photographs on this initial trip but haven’t yet developed them.
I took several images on this cleared ground. The sight feels quite brutal and the fern here felt optimistic.
This was made on A3 watercolour paper in my garden. Exposure time was about 10 minutes. I made a lot of cyanotypes and I also used a variation on the process by printing ferns as mono prints, inking these up on a glass plate, taking a standard mono print of the material, removing the paper and plant from the plate and using the plate as a negative. I used black ink and green ink. The green gave too much exposure through to the cyanotype and the black too little.
It had been very dry for a considerable period of time when I took this image. There were a lot of changing colours in the environment despite it being July. This had been growing beside a felled tree.
I was interested in the different environments I found in the forest. This was the most typical; there seem to be two dominant species – trees and bracken. However, in the background it becomes apparent there are further layers, all in straight lines. The forest sells Christmas trees; I assume these in the background are a crop.
These lumen prints were made on Ilford multigrade paper. Each individual image measures 3.5×5.5 inches.