We’re gonna focus on a process in lieu of a location for this post, in honor of today’s eclipse. Meet the VanDyke Brown, a sunshiny, surreal, and slightly magical process for printing photos on a variety of materials without a darkroom. Using UV light from the sun (or a trashy cheap tanning bed venue, in my case) to cast light upon a chemical-coated piece of material, the Vandyke Brown process allows for printing on a variety of textures. Inconsistencies in the saturation of chemicals on the material create a foggy, surreal effect in the print, so high contrast images images look dreamy and soft.
I made these in 2011 using inkjet negatives:
The process does not require a darkroom, but the chemicals are highly toxic and should be handled with caution.