“Alchemy” is a fine art photography series imagined in Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown. Using the chemical reactions between these two processes, I visualize transformation and growth through the art of Philosophical Alchemy. This spiritual based practice is about learning to face negative aspects of oneself, replace them with positivity to move forward, and find the secret to living life. During the process of mixing Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown, I relate their interactions to relationships and events in life. Sometimes they work beautifully together, while other times one overpowered the other coercing a desire to control the seemingly uncontrollable. With Philosophical Alchemy, practice equals purification and self-awareness for a clear picture and direction ahead, no matter the circumstances. In Photographic Alchemy, practice equals an evolution in understanding and application of a process’s elements in the act of creating art.
All images are 12"x18", Blue Van Dyke on watercolor paper