Fabulous Fotos: Timeless Beauty

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Serene view of a sailing vessel on water in Hampton, Virginia.
Armstrong Point, Hampton, Virginia, ca.1910. The Mariners’ Museum #P0001.008-02-APH03-027.

Cyanotypes can evoke a timeless quality, particularly when the subject matter is similarly aligned. This delicate image is all the more beautiful because of this process.

The cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes. Invented by England’s Sir John Herschel in 1842, it came to be known as the blueprint process (as in architectural plans). Photographs were contact printed (the final image is the same size as the original negative), exposed to sunlight, and developed with water.   Read more