More on photography, cyanotypes and the 3/4 year olds
Last week Lukas and Oliver came to the studio.I told them I had the chemicals in a jar, and asked them if they would like to put it on some paper so they could make some more photographs. Lukas painted "Mr. Bones", our model skeleton onto the paper.
Later, I went back to ask them about that experience;
"Remember when you put the chemicals on some paper and made those pictures? I wonder if you could tell me about that day, so I could write it down. How did those pictures get there?"
Oliver "It’s magic"
Luke (narrating) "Can everyone see our X rays? On our paper that’s white and blue? It shows our x-rays. The x-ray is Mr. Bones. The other x-ray is a painting of Mr. Bones. The other one is not an x-ray, it’s just a man."
Oliver “It’s magic. It’s magic with the sun. The sun makes light.”
Anna -Oliver, can you tell me that steps of how to do it?
“1. paint on the green chemical
2. have to put it in the sink.
3. have to keep it still.
4. put it on for a long time.
5. have to run back, to put it in the sink.
You have to run, so the shadow doesn’t get off.
So the green doesn’t go off, and turns to blue.”
"1. the sun helps paper get the blue.
2. you put the things on, like Mr. Bones, leaves or sticks.
3. Quickly run to the sink to get the paper in it.
Rule #5. First you need the sunshine. It shines on the
paper. Then, the paper gets all blue.”
10. You get it out of the sink and take it to the Garden room, and hang it up for all the Garden room children to see."
I read back what they had said, and Oliver made this revision regarding where the 'shadow' gets on to the paper;
Oliver “I meant, when you’re outside, you have to keep it on for a long time, and you have to keep it still for a long time, when you’re outside.”
I can see that Oliver still has trouble between his assumption (that the picture forms in the sink), and what he has seen, (the 'shadow' gets on the paper outside in the sun). He is still struggling in his mind to form a clear theory of this photographic process. Lukas may be altering his theory to go along with what Oliver says about the sink. Perhaps I should interview Dahlia as the tie-breaker!