I have been back from the sweet, misty-mountain that is the Penland School of Crafts, for about a week. Thanks to my good pal Mark Boyd, who among other things, runs the photo studio there, I was able to assist a guru in the field of alternative process photography. Scott, not to be confused with Vince, McMahon was such an incredible force. He came down from Pennsylvania on his way to a residency in New Mexico equipped with his own inflatable cactus, chili pepper, and some pretty rad chili pepper lights that hung above our picnic table while we wound down and around each evening. Between helping Scott with the demos and cleaning crusty Cyanotype brushes I managed to make a few prints myself.
3 color Gum Bichromate of a structure on a playground in
Hale County, Alabama
Cyanotype of a Deer Family in Eastern Tennessee
Let your eyes adjust on this Anthotype, which was my favorite process from the two weeks. This is a sheet of paper coated in Crape Myrtle blossoms that has been exposed through a positive transparency in the sun for about 3 1/2 days. The sun bleaches out all of the areas that let the light through while the color remains in the blocked out areas.... ...MAGIC!