Cyanotypes || Stocksy United

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"Black and Blue"

I recently released a large body of work titled "Black and Blue" to be licensed with Stocksy United.  It can be viewed HERE.  

The series is about finding belonging in motherhood. After the birth of each of my children I struggled with postpartum depression, these images are the means by which I coped with the reality that even after the requisite two years that this type of depression is deemed to last, the postpartum was dropped and the depression was here to stay. Accepting the beauty in the quotidian, embracing the bond between mother and child and between sister and sister. These works embrace the undeniable beauty and depth that can be found in sadness while separately unfolding a joy learned in raising my children.

Below are a few of my favorites.

The images are 8x10 printed on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag.  The negatives are made using encaustic medium.  Toned, printed, and made entirely by hand using traditional darkroom techniques and encaustic photography principles. 

Ali Lanenga