Andrew Seguin’s Moby Dick Cyanotypes

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Andrew Seguin is a poet and photographer who lives and works in New York City.  After re-reading Moby-Dick, Andrew was inspired to transform the book into a visual medium. He chose to experiment with cyanotypes, which is an alternative photographic process. The cyanotype process was discovered by the English scientist Sir John Herschel in 1842. To create a cyanotype, you brush a solution that consists of potassium ferrocyanide and ferric ammonium citrate — two iron salts that become sensitive to ultraviolet light when combined — onto watercolor paper. Then you place a negative on top of the paper and expose it to sunlight.

I find the cyanotypes to be so striking. The color and images are so vivid, every time you look at his pieces you discover something new. I like how he removed the words from the pages and just left the punctuation as a back drop to the collages. To check out more of his work click here.



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