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Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC Cyanotype Astrofauxtographs from Oak Island, NC

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 inspired me to create this sequence of cyanotype prints. While I was making them, I was also thinking about the thousands of amazing photographs of our solar system taken by space-traveling robots as they voyage away from Earth.

The cyanotype process is one of the oldest, and is certainly the simplest, photographic processes. To make these prints, I brought coated papers to the beach and used the sun and sand to make my exposures. Then I developed them in the ocean. In terms of process, it’s the simplest thing in the world. But doing that simple thing on a windy beach and in the crashing waves brought a lot of fantastic randomness to the resulting prints.

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