The Old Farm House. My friend SD called up and said ‘let’s go do some photos.’ We met at the Hardee’s off highway 19/98 and from there she led the way deep into North Florida back-country, to an abandoned farm house that was her family’s property, and where she had lived when going to college. The place was deserted and the house stripped of belongings and derelict, but had a tremendous amount of ‘atmosphere’ and a sense of history about it. Besides my camera and film, I had a duffle bag of fabric remnants with me that I had bought at the local Wal-Mart store, a piece at a time, whenever there were suitable fabric leftovers on sale for a dollar a yard or so. The main room of the house had gorgeous light streaming through the tall windows and open door, and I asked her to just grab one of the fabric pieces and move about. Trying to keep up with her, with my manual SLR and 50mm lens was quite a chore. I was worried about getting anywhere near the right exposure, because the light varied so much in the room, and she was moving around rather rapidly. I did end up with some memorable photos and this is one of them. Fuji Neopan 1600, Yashica FX-3S and Zeiss 50mm lens.
I ran out of Arista OHP Transparency Film and although I ordered some more, this will probably be the last Cyanotype print I do this year – more in January I hope. Best wishes for the Holidays and Be Safe!
[11'x17' Cyanotype print on Arches 140 lb HP watercolor paper]