WRECKED, NOT RUINED

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

MY FIRST ON-SITE PROJECT ATTEMPT OF 2021 … SUCKED

OLD MILL CREEK, DARTMOUTH (DEVON)

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If you remember last September, I took a walk to Old Mill Creek with my friend (a really cool maritime archaeologist) who was working down there on all the remains of old boats. I fell in love with the area and decided to do a project based on this gorgeous location. (more about that here)


I’ve been wanting to go back ever since, it’s so peaceful down there, and so beautiful, but every plan made so far fell through. Well I got the chance to go back again last Friday! My friend needed to finish up some things for work & needed someone in a sort of volunteer-capacity, to lend a hand and keep an eye on the dog.


I’ve been wanting to do on-site cyanotypes for months now, so with the weather improved, I went for it! I made up a new batch of cyanotype sensitizer (possibly part of the problem) and coated 8 A4 sheets and 10 A5 sheets of paper.


I’d been watching a few videos on wet cyanotypes recently and it seemed to be “just put wet things on it” so I thought it’d be pretty easy to do by the river, with some seaweed. I have developed a mild obsession with seaweed lately. I did not however expect to be grabbing handfuls of it to haul off an old wreck – but even that was surprisingly fun and cathartic.


So, I made a few cyanotypes and well, I fucked up.

BUT THAT’S OKAY.


They are all completely under exposed, which I explain in the video below so I won’t go into it too much, but hindsight is a beautiful thing eh? So I wrecked the experiments; but they were exactly that – EXPERIMENTS – this year is still absolutely about learning for me, trying, playing, failing, and adapting.


I had an absolutely lovely day, snuck in a spot of journaling, project planning, and took some photos that I can use later.

I had a good laugh, some serious puppy cuddles and got my dose of fresh air and sunshine. I caught most of the day on a very low-res time-lapse.



 

Bellow are some videos I made the next day – I wanted to shoot some chat on the day, but time went so quickly, and I was a little camera shy in front of my friend.


(SWEARING WARNING FOR LITTLE EARS)





 

PREVIOUS ON-SITE CYANOTYPE SESSIONS

 

BATU BOLONG BEACH, BALI – AUGUST 2018

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This sounds far more glorious than the works themselves.

Hilariously, less hot (4 whole degrees) than the Surrey walk & make a year later, and I made the mistake of attempting to wash these in the sea to develop them on-site – the sea was so rough a