Jessica on the couch v1 – Cyanotype


Jessica on the couch, v1 C

Classic cyanotype contact print on Fabriano Artistico unseized paper

Sheet size is 35×42 cm circa (circa 14×16.5 in) with one or two sides untrimmed (raw)

Image size is from 8×10 in graphic film negative (circa 20×25 cm); blue backgound is coated on paper before printing and spreads beyond negative edges.

Year created: 2022

Open edition.

Product image colors and contrasts may differ to original art piece due to screen calibration.


Cyanotype print of Jessica, from the project ‘This is Jessica’

The ‘couch’ series

Jessica on the couch is a series of photos taken with the wetplate collodion process and on graphic film. The alternative process prints can be made both from wetplate collodion negatives and from graphic film.

This is Jessica project

This is Jessica’ is a title and also an invitation to get introduced to her, because she’s not a professional model. This is her first time ever on a photographic set. This work wants to be an hommage to such a daring girl who has discovered a new herself in front of a lens.

‘This is Jessica’ begins with wet plate collodion photographs. Wherever possible we take two or more shots, so some sets are presented in more options, since every taking is an original. Some plates are converted in negatives so we can offer prints with alternative printing processes such as cyanotypes, Van Dyke brown, salted paper and so on. Check the next galleries.

This work of art is printed with the cyanotype process

This work can be made with both the traditional cyanotype process (called ‘Classic cyanotype’ on short description) and also with the new Mike Ware’s cyanotype process (called ‘New cyanotype’ on short description).

The two processes differ for blue hue (classic is colder) and contrast (classic is harsher). Depending on the negatives I take my choice and go for one process or the other. You can check short description for which process was used for this actual work of art.

Rosaspina and Artistico papers

I use two kinds of papers for the cyanotype processes: Fabriano Rosaspina and Fabriano Artistico, at my own choice and inspiration.

Both papers are museum-quality papers from the Italian paper mill Fabriano. I only use heavy weight paper, such as in the range of 285-330 gr/sqm.

Rosaspina performs a coarse grain surface, as rough as raw paper. The image looks printed inside the texture of the paper, as it is indeed. I like this kind of result because ancient printing techniques should show the primitive essence of imagery, in my opinion. Such a raw texture meets perfectly my goal and inspiration while making this project.

Artistico is smooth. The print looks sharper. Prints made on Artistico papers are more photographic-looking, closer to a modern print.

Archival processing

The print undergoes an archival processing specifically designed for this kind of photographic printing process. Then it’s trademarked with press seal.

Archival processing is designed to extend life of the print to the maximum possible. Nevertheless it is recommended to showcase the work of art away from direct sunlight.

Floating frame

The work of art is showcased as mounted on an original frame of my own concept, called ‘floating frame’. Such a framing holds the print at a distance from the back of the frame. The sheet is kept in position by eight L-type brass-coated hooks. The frame is made of raw wood and it is painted in black.

If you have any question for displaying this product please ask.

Selling and shipping details

This work of art is sold without the frame. The price is for print only. The frame is available for sale and it is listed on this website shop.

Ships in a tube, worldwide.

Copyright, watermark and seal

All photos on this website are copyrighted © Michele Pero/Jessica, all rights are reserved, copying and/or downloading is forbidden.

Watermark on images is for digital protection purpose only. The original piece comes without watermark.

Prints are marked with my original press seal ‘Michele Pero Photography’ for to certify the work of art.

Additional information

Weight2 kg
Dimensions18 × 24 × 0,2 cm