Monday, March 9, 2015

Alternative Process Research

The daguerreotype process, formally known as daguerreotypy, was one of the most prevalent photographic processes of the 19th century. Originally, this process was done over an extended period of time, and incorporated the use of silver plated copper and developing chemicals. Under this method, photographers would expose a treated plate in a camera for any given amount of time, so that it would be subject to sunlight. They would then treat the plates with chemical fumes to help yield a clear image. However today, most daguerreotypes are done by photographers trying to mimic the nostalgic time period associated with this particular process. By nature, daguerreotypes are metallic images that often convey the stereotypical "old feeling". In this project, we used digital resources such as photoshop to mimic daguerreotypy within digital images. 

Similarly to daguerreotype process, cyanotypes reached their peak of popularity in the mid 19th century. This process originally incorporated many intricate steps and resources. The basis of this process can be landmarked by its signature blue and white values, and visible brush strokes left on the specific surface it was printed on. Cyanotypes are often very interesting images in their ability to provide transform and simplify images on a fundamental level

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