The processes I am developing during this project are Cyanotype and Van-dyck Brown. These are two similar pre-silver forms of photography, (well actually van-dyck does have a bit of silver nitrate in it), one producing a beautiful Prussian Blue and the other a rich Sepia.The advantages of both is that apart from the chemical formulas of each, there is little required to develop prints and they are far less light sensitive than traditional photography- not requiring a dark room. Infact the bathroom of many of the places we having been staying have done the job more than adequately, having forgotten my scales, I have been able to successfully eyeball the measurements and it seems to work. You can work with acetate negatives, sketching onto tracing paper, found objects and stencils. It is super fun.
It has to be said, travelling with someone who is doing this is a pain in the arse, Charlie finds that he is having to wait for the chemicals to dry before he can shower, and asthe aux-in cable is defunct on my laptop, we have been forced to listen in silence to the recordings I have been taken on loud speaker, while my laptop captures the sound through microphone.
In between all this we drove to Hel, (and back) the other day. Stopping in Sopot and Gdyynia along the way. Check out the Grand Budapest Hotel!> The beach was beautiful, I dont think I have been anywhere so empty in my life.
Along the trip I managed to expose a few prints in the back of the car, to use as kind of a photographic sketchbook.
I have been collecting objects and prints and rubbings along the way, but due to the nature of the process, it is better to do the exposure over one or two days. So there will be more on the visuals to come.
Irene lives in Gdansk.
She was the Niece of my grandfather, she lives in an old people’s home in Gdansk, she speaks no English. I went to visit her with Kaszia, who is the Granddaughter of my Grandfather’s sister. Confused? I think I will draw a family tree.
So there was Edmund (great-grandfather) who worked on railways in Russia and Ukraine, (him and his wife were put in a work camp in siberia after the Communist Revolution – for being the beaougouis. They had 5 children at the time, who were taken care of by a priest in St Petersberg. Great-grandmother wrote to Lenin, explaining she had 5 unacompanied children and they were released.
There were 3 girls and 2 boys.Maria Antonina ur.Biszewska ur.~1905; Jadwiga Biszewska ur.1907; Halina Biszewska ur.1908;Edmund (Muś) Biszewski ur 1910Stanisław Biszewski (najmłodszy) ur.~1912.Anyway I will maybe do a family tree, but heres a bit of the interview and some recordings from the trip to the beach, driving across Poland and more all mixed together.