Summertime blues, 2012
‘Summertime Blues’, produced on a rooftop in mid-summer Brooklyn. Cyanotypes were one of the earliest forms of photography, popularized by architects and engineers with the blue-print, and also by Anna Atkins, considered by some to be the first female photographer, who used the medium in 1843 to document and catalogue British algae. ‘Summertime Blues’ are multiple exposure cyanotypes, where a series of mirrored poses were struck on the light-sensitive fabric. The evidence of the summer heat is captured in the starburst forms produced by dripping sweat. The final image is therefore a composite, generating a new anatomy, an impossible body, made feasible by the mechanics of directly capturing time.
Similarly in her multiple exposure photographs, some of up to twenty exposures, the body is morphed into a cloud of motion where consistency defines a new form. They do not seek to reveal reality, as in the studies of Muybridge or the translations of Duchamp, but instead explore the formal possibilities the body’s movement can describe whilst removing itself from the recognizable.- TJ Boulting