Cyanotype is a 170 year old photographic printing process that produces prints in a distinctive dark greenish-blue. The word cyan comes from the Greek, meaning “dark blue substance.”
The process was invented by Sir John Herschel, a brilliant astronomer and scientist, in 1842. (His father was the astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered the planet Uranus. Interestingly, Uranus, due to mostly methane gas in its atmosphere, appears cyan blue.)
However, Herschel did not use cyanotype for photography, but for reproducing notes. It was a family friend, the botanist Anna Atkins, who used the cyanotype printing process in 1843 to create an album of algae specimens. She created the images by placing objects directly on photosensitive paper; this process is called a photogram She is regarded as the first female photographer!
So, let's celebrate good ole' Anna and make some seaside Sun Prints, aka Cyanotypes!
Wear some good art-making clothing, and prepare to create some beautiful artwork that you can take home!
By Car (best): Free Parking is available directly beside the structure.
Take NYC Ferry from Pier 11 (Manhattan) or Sunset Park (Brooklyn) (30-40 mins); immediate and free transfer to westbound shuttle to Fort Tilden (10-15 mins).
“A” train to 116th street; then B35 bus to Fort Tilden. *Check schedules before embarking as there is planned work on this line.
Or, B35 bus from Brooklyn (runs down flatbush) - to Fort Tilden
If you take the bus/shuttle, you’ll need to walk about 400ft to the sTudio 6 structure.