Developing Dahlias

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My dahlia series of cyanotypes stem (no pun intended) around the change of my youngest child heading off to kindergarten. Can you feel pride and absolute heartache at the same time? You can. I am. It hurts. Deep shadows and bright beams at the SAME TIME. My heart is bursting, I feel so much.

These prints were developed to clip mid tone ranges and focus on contrast, which mirrors my emotions.

Each print is 16x20in on Stonehenge paper deckled approximately to 20x24in and made entirely by hand. They are even more gorgeous in person, promise.

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Joy and Sorrow
They both are the same
in entirely different ways
— Alejandra Lanenga
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Can you feel pride and absolute heartache at the same time?
— Alejandra Lanenga
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Ali Lanenga