• cyanotype on glass rotterdam harbour michiel van bakel


Cyanotype on glass plates. Hand coated. 120 x 230 mm and 240 x 430 mm each.

Seemingly romantic depictions at odds with environmentally charged landscapes.

An impression of an ongoing investigation into the possibilities of this early photographic process -developed in 1842 by English astronomer John Herschel- known for the brilliant blue (cyan) hue of the final print, hence the name blueprints.

Original photos made by Van Bakel with an old flatbed scanner turned into a camera -yes this is rather slow photography… Photos taken near Rotterdam harbour where nature meets industry in an abrasive way, and in nitrogen polluted De Peel.

Occasionally eliminate and recycle your darlings…

Cyanotypes on glass and other experiments at Museum De Wieger