Dear sisters .... I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am continuing to collect my old art posts back in my blog. This one was published back in Feb 2007, hope you enjoy ....
After completing Part 1 of my photographic art series on an antique botanical journal, my curiosity was aroused on other works by this relatively unknown photographer. To my pleasant surprise, her next published book on ‘cyanotype’* does not disappoint.
Intrigued by this antiquated art of photographic printing, photographer Zeva Oelbaum ushered us into a world of rich, infinite variation of blues, dressing up her images as contemporary art forms.
I have always been enchanted by the serene beauty of the blue spectrum, educed from the deepest mysterious midnight sky to the lightest translucent fluidity of flowing creek. From velvety rich indigo blue and refreshing tropical aqua blue to luxurious shimmer of silvery blue, these elegant shades emanate emotions of tenderness, melancholy, solitude, sensuality and even seduction.
Through this exquisite colour of soul, all superfluous details are liberated leaving only the intrinsic silhouette, rewarding us with the essence of the image. We are at liberty to interpret the interactions of their forms - as a pattern, a movement or life itself.
Being a photography enthusiast and a former student of Film Studies in Sung Kyun Kwan University, our prince can indeed recognize the art and science of cyanotype and the special place it holds in the history of photography.
This 1970s classic instrumental piece ‘Samba Pa Ti’** by the legendary Carlos Santana embraced me into the sentimental fantasy world of our prince Yong Joon. What a pleasure to explore every facet of his majestic physique and sensual move! It is such a fulfillment to coalesce that modernism and mystic sentiment with his heavenly silhouette. My admiration and love for this extraordinary human being has deepened once again through this creative progression. I love to share my infinite passion towards Yong Joon with you, hope you enjoy our sensual prince in cyanotype.
* Cyanotype is an old monochrome photographic printing process. The chemical formula was invented by British astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842 (3 years after the invention of photography) to provide an efficient method to duplicate large scale engineering charts and calculations. The resulting print is of cyan-blue background with a white outline of the image known as blue print.
** ‘Samba Pa Ti’ by Carlos Santana
1. Flowers in Shadow - A Photographer Rediscovers a Victorian Botanical Journal, Zeva Oelbaum, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 2002
2. Blue Prints - The Natural World in Cyanotype Photographs, Zeva Oelbaum, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 2002