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Art and Photography Articles

Mara Louvain of Alchemi Art
for the curious...

One of the best parts of attending events for me is being able to talk about art and photography all day to wonderfully curious people.  Some are interested in an overview but other want to learn a little more in-depth about the processes and their history.

If you are one of these curious souls then you can find various art and photography articles here on topics ranging from advice on starting your own art collection, what is a cyanotype, to who was Anna Atkins and why is she so important to photographic history and much more.

Alchemi Art Artwork on Wall
Starting your own Art Collection

So you love having art around you but all this art collecting stuff sounds scary.  Don’t worry, it’s much more fun and a lot easier than you think.  Check out my advice to get you started…

What is a Cyanotype

The cyanotype process is one of the earliest in photography being developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel. After falling from favour it has seen a resurgence in popularity, but with artists instead of photographers.

Fern Botanical Cyanotype Greet Card by Alchemy Art
Botanical Lumen Print of flowers by Alchemi Art
What is a Lumen Print

There is something beautiful, delicate, and even ethereal about botanical lumen prints that you simply don’t get with any other process. The process can trace its ancestry back to 1839 and the birth of photography and when combined with botanical subjects can create something really special.

What is Alternative Photography

You will find the term alternative photography used all over the place but do you actually know what it means? There are books on the subject and even courses advertised offering to teach you all about it. It’s a question often asked but it’s not easy to get a straight answer, let’s take a look into some photographic history and start untangling it all.

Vintage Camera which would now be used for alternative photography
Early Cyanotype by Anna Atkins
Inspired by Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins, the inspirational woman with a claim to being the first ever female photographer. She also published the first book to be illustrated by photographs, her own, in 1843.

She was once written out of history for being a female, however, modern-day artists and photographers are restoring her legacy.