Surfaces of the Mother Earth. Natural textures we can walk by, focusing on their beauty. They belong to us all, to Lanzarote.
Recycled 100% pure cotton hand made paper. These photos are proposed in the Golden Ratio (proporción áurea) 25 x 15,5 cm. Mounted on a thick recycled cardboard in a way to enhance the three dimensional aspect.
For a long time I wanted to create something organic and large. I present to you here my limited edition works of art, in a dimension larger than usual for me. To overcome the limit of the negative dimensions I split the photographic print into several negatives, creating diptyches, triptyches, polyptyches. Each print is made in a limited edition of 24.
These prints, using the historic photographicprocess of Cyanotype, have been handmade in Lanzarote and show you organic parts found in the island. Each photographhas been hand printedon a thin paper, the Hahnemuhle Sumi-e 80g rice paper, that has beenbonded later over Arches Platine 100% 310g pure cotton paper as a heavier support, with a technique called Chine Collé,using natural powdered starch paste. The Chine Collé is water reversible, put the work of art into water (pH 7) for one hour to detach the print from its paper support.
The work of art is attached to a fine-art Aluminium Dibond with a thin double-sided adhesive tape all around its borders and kept under light pressure to cure. The Dibond has a square frame on the back to help you hang the work on your wall.
Each print is labelled on the back of the dibond with the edition details and signed. A certificate of autenthicity comes within the work. All the works are carefully protected with packaging foam and put inside a customized cardboard box. The box(es) are shipped safely protected with other wrapping material, inside an outer box. Registered mail, or collect it in person.
In February 2020, few days before all the world was locked down for a virus, has been registered in Lanzarote the strongest sand (or dust) storm since decades. The local name for that is “calima”, a special weather condition rather fascinating to me, coming directly from the facing African Sahara. I wanted to depict it since a long time, and the time arrived with a huge one. All becomes brown and the sun is barely recognizable, there is a hot diffused light from dazzling to soft, and wind.
I have tested and developed a special linearization system during lockdown, to elaborate the negative so that all the fading shades of the highlights can be there, smooth in the print. A difficult task with Classic Cyanotype formula.
I am happy to offer you this series in a limited edition of 50, made on Arches Platine 310 g, museum quality 100% cotton rag, size is 30×40 cm.
During the summer in Lanzarote I’ve made these unique pieces using the historic process of Classic Cyanotype.
Using leaves I found and the UV light from the sun, I made these double or triple exposures over full sheets of Arches Platine, a pure cotton paper museum grade barbed on the sides. The prints are 56×76 cm, apart one single case.
In the following galleries, for each print the full image is shown first, inside a frame as a suggestion, and then two details are shown immediately after. In the last two galleries you will find prints where it has been done a very light work with pencils to highlight the leaves movement.
Macro Collection, is intended for the interior design of your home.
The ocean beauties of my Macro collection are found on the shores of Lanzarote, often battered by the sea and its volcanic rocks. Small pieces, with a dimension from few millimeters up to few centimeters, are collected and taken into my photographic workshop to regain a new life. I am presenting you all those ocean beauties in the same printed dimension, to give them the chance to be seen, and chosen, by you.
Together with those images I like to present you other sensations from the earth, images from plants, their seeds, berries. Being larger than their life size they connect with the other sea beauties for the same stylistic and photographic approach.
In this work I felt the influence of art master Karl Blossfeldt, even if my style is very different. The use of natural light helped me to preserve every feeling these objects are able to transmit and the formal structure highlighted the details. The use of the prussian blue of cyanotype gives abstraction and poetry at the same time.
My Macro collection of those beautiful treasures is hand printed in Cyanotype, following the 1842 traditional photographic process, on Arches Platine, a very special 100% cotton paper specifically designed and produced in France for alternative photography processes such as platinum (hence the name), palladium, cyanotype. Each photograph is 23×23 cm (9×9″), and is mounted on a simple white support 25×25 cm in Lanzarote markets and posted without it for your free choice of frame and home decoration.
You can find them in the artisan markets where I work in Lanzarote. I post all over the world in a very well protected parcel with registered mail. Please, contact me for further details.