One of the best things about visiting the latest exhibits in the Baguio art scene is being able to discover art techniques that we’ve never heard of before. In Chris Lucas’ photography exhibit, Blue Print, we learned about a different process to developing photographs. And of course, another perk of being present at the opening reception is being able to get to know the artist and their creative process behind their exhibit.
Photographer Chris Lucas specializes in cyanotype, a photographic printing process most notable for the blue-colored pictures produced in the process. Cyanotype is very different from traditionally developed film which is done in a dark room.
As Chris Lucas elaborated to us about his craft, a cyanotype is fairly easy to accomplish. All that’s needed is acetate, a UV light source such as a projector, and two light-reactive chemicals which we cannot pronounce without getting our tongues twisted – potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate.
Chris starts by preparing the chemicals, which he spreads onto his canvas (in this case, watercolor paper), and lets it dry. He then prints his digital negative onto acetate, which is laid on top of the coated paper, then exposed to the UV light to reveal the final image.
Coming from Manila, Blue Prints is Chris’ fourth cyanotype exhibit, but his first in Baguio. He was actually referred by Sam David Felix, who we met a few months back for another photography exhibit also in Cafe by the Ruins Dua.
Chris believes that despite our digital age, photographs don’t just belong stored away on our devices. He even encourages others to try out cyanotype to develop their photos. Though, it may require a few permits from here and there due to the chemicals involved in the process.
Check out Blue Prints at Cafe By the Ruins Dua. It will be on display until November 9, 2016.