Antho = Flower, Type = Print. Most probably invented by Sir William Herschel in 1842.
An anthotype is an image created using photosensitive juices from plants, extracted from blossoms, leaves or fruit.
I brush several layers of these filtered juices on pieces of cardboard, let them dry in the dark until they are ready to use.
Then I put positive film transparents or (parts of) plants on the paper. In the sun the emulsion bleaches to lighter colours, to grey, to light orange, to nothing – depending on the plant. Under the dark parts the original colour remains. This process needs bright sunlight and it takes about several weeks until the picture is ready!
Results vary from plant to plant and the strength of the emulsion employed. The resulting images are very special, some dream-like, subtle, intimate. They won’t last forever … if they are again exposed to UV light they will fade after several weeks or months. If you hang them on a wall with no direct sunlight they will remain for years.
This is nothing negative for me, on the contrary, I love it. Things, plants and people grow and pass. It’s a circle of seasons, of life.
My transparents come mostly from super 8 film stills or pinhole photos.