Sea Palm I – New Botanical Cyanotype Series


When I made my very first cyanotype print, it was a botanical contact print before I had acquired by contact printing frame, as I was intending to make a switch-up to using digital inter-negatives instead of a direct contact with my subject. I will admit that as I considered what other series to print using cyanotypes, I had my mind on my Memory Pod series, especially after altering some of the photographs to complement my Anthropogenic Crisis series. I had already cyanotype printed the first of my Surf-Rider series, Surf-Rider I, before driving up to the coast of Oregon for my son’s destination wedding. So perhaps it was all of this information was lurking in the back of my mind when I was walking the Bandon Coast beach and I came across these amazing botanical compositions of seaweed that had washed ashore onto the beach. Cool!

As I started to photograph the various combinations of seaweed washed ashore on the beach, I was hit with the idea that these combinations might also make a wonderful cyanotype series; things that came about due to the deep blue sea. While in Bandon I created some quick comps of the seaweed formations that I had photographed with my mobile phone and uploaded to Snapseed as a potential what-if. These blue-toned digital ‘cyanotypes’ looked great. My next step was to upload a few of my digital ‘cyanotypes that I made in Bandon to my Instagram (@douglasstockdale) and the IG response was extremely encouraging.

The first of these new botanical cyanotypes are from what I am calling the Sea Palm series is above, Sea Palm I. Btw, I have no idea of what the scientific name is for this seaweed plant, but for me, it looked much like a palm tree that came from the sea. Good enough for a Series name in my book.

Sea Palm I (Print): 8 x 10″ image on a 11 x 14″ sheet of 100lb hot-press watercolor rag, unique image. Let me know if you are interested in this print and we can work out the details.

Cheers & make every day an Earth Day



 The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, an artist book from Singular Images Press, Fall 2022 release, $60.00 (CA sales tax for those residing in the USA) plus shipping expenses. Message me or singularimagespress@gmail for shipping details and PayPal invoice.

Note: The Artist Special Edition (book + extra print) is Sold Out

Book workshop:

Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop, (Sold Out) a virtual event on Zoom; February 25, 26 & March 4 & 5th 2023; from 10am – 1 pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). 


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