Studying the 19th-century cyanotypes of Anna Atkins, Meghann Riepenhoff (born 1979) was motivated in 2013 to get out of the darkroom and into the world to make her work. She began making cyanotypes directly in the environment, where elements like precipitation, waves, wind and sediment physically etch into the photo-chemistry. Two of Riepenhoff's cyanotype series, Littoral Drift and Ecotone, are brought together in this new publication.
Riepenhoff makes these images by placing cyanotype paper in the sea or setting it out in the rain and snow; the photosensitive chemicals simultaneously expose in the sunlight and wash in the water around them. The prints' receptivity to the environment means they are never wholly done processing, and they continue to change over time. This beautiful new publication documents Riepenhoff's fugitive cyanotypes, exploring our relationship to the landscape, the sublime, time and impermanence.