Cyanotype botanical prints by Laurie Snyder
Laurie Snyder is an Ithaca resident and former photography faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She will be exhibiting botanical cyanotypes (also called blueprints). Most of the images were made in Ithaca with plant material collected near her home and from the Cornell Plantations. The cyanotype process is one of the earliest photographic processes, introduced in England around 1840. The images are based on the light sensitivity of iron salts and are blue and white.
January - February
Three Uneasy Pieces: Reworking the Treman Willow
Professor and artist Jack Elliott created three wood sculptures that were once part of a living heritage tree located in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, known as the Treman Weeping Willow. The 80 year old tree was cut back to its base, as it could no longer support itself, succumbing to age and carpenter ants.
March - April
Cyanotypes: Prints from the Sun
This exhibit compliments Laurie Snyder's botanical cyanotypes by revealing the history of cyanotype printing. Plantations’ founder Liberty Hyde Bailey catalogued much of his plant collections using Cyanotype prints. Some of Bailey’s prints are displayed as part of this exhibit. You can create your own cyanotype nature prints at home using a kit on sale in our gift shop.