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Day 14 – it’s the day before the solstice and I’m not yet halfway through!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Psychedelic parrotfish, hand coloured relief solarplate played with in Photoshop

Psychedelic parrotfish, hand coloured relief solarplate played with in Photoshop

When I started this project I intended to have 30 pictures finished by the solstice, then I realised the folly of this deadline and extended it to June 30.  That means I HAVE to do one picture a day from now on. My main problem is that each new subject sets me off on a new trajectory – the colours and patterns and extraordinary capabilities of these reef creatures are setting challenges that I’ve never encountered before. I’m loving it – but it’s exhausting!

Day 14 evolved out of an experiment with relief solarplate. I thought I’d try to project the amazing colours of the parrotfish by printing a bright pink over a blue background, but it actually looked rather dull and lifeless until I had the idea of printing the pink on white Hosho paper and hand colouring it with Dr Martens inks.  I’ve had these inks for over 40 years and they are still as fresh as the day I bought them – if somewhat depleted. I then scanned the fish into Photoshop and they bred rapidly.  The blue background certainly enhances their psychedelic colours!