Joe Svec

Joseph Svec creates Harbor Country Botanical Prints. Each of his photographic images is an unique, one-of-a-kind original. They are created using an early photographic process called cyanotype. The cyanotype process was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1824.

These cyanotype images are made by coating a mixture of photosensitive chemicals onto watercolor paper. After the paper is allowed to dry found-objects are arranged on the surface and covered with glass. The sensitized paper is then exposed to the light of the sun. Once the paper has received the proper exposure to the sunlight, the image is developed, yielding the blue (cyan) image.

Some of the images in this series have a brown tone. These have been toned using a tannic acid process to achieve their distinctive color.

These images are created using real botanical specimens and/or found objects, which were collected in and around Harbert, Michigan.