Fibre based hand printing and toning of black & white…
‘I have been concentrating in Black and White monochrome in the past, but the old analogue printing method of cyanotype really fits these Australian Night Photographs. Night photography requires its own unique set of techniques from normal photography not to mention the lonely world of your own in dark and often in cold weather. However, it has been attracting me for a long time. At night the world turns to blue black with bright stars shinning in the sky reminding us that the earth is not the only place in universe. We are a part of very wide world beyond.
Using this very old printing method (cyanotype discovered in 1842 in UK) and making my own photographic paper and developing prints by hand give very painterly and personal feel to the photographs. I felt I finally found the right tool to express the world of night photographs with cyanotype prints. The blue and white represent the water, air, universe and light of the stars.
The very subtle tones of mangrove in shallow waters of Fraser Island, reflection of star trails on the shallow waters of a lake in Tasmania, the different shades of night sky with Milky Way at Outback Queensland are all captured by camera lens and transformed into images on 100% cotton paper. Along with the texture of paper surfaces, all adds up to unique artistic prints.
At this exhibition, I would like to take you through the wonderful world of night photographs in cobalt blue’. Keiko Goto
Tacit Galleries. Collingwood. 13 November – 8 December 2019