I am sometimes asked where I obtain the skulls I am working with in this series. Several of them were loaned to me by a friend who spends a lot of time in the woods and has a good eye and a special knack for spotting treasures. Others I bought online, from a taxidermist who prepares small mammal skulls as a sort of sideline. I think they are things of beauty, insanely interesting in their structures and their adaptations for their ecological niche and specialized diets.
Rabbit skull negative image
I spent a lot of time taking photographs of the skulls. In photography as in many endeavors I am largely self-taught, so I had to work out the intricacies of lighting, lenses and exposures through educated guesswork and trial and error. Once I had an image I liked, I messed around with it in a photo program to turn it into what is essentially the equivalent of a photo negative. The negative image gets printed on a acetate transparency sheet and used to expose and print the cyanotype.
Stitched rabbit skull cyanotype
Above is a print after stitching. I had fun doing the small circular patterning, and it really makes the image pop.
As always, thanks for following along.