Wild boar cub skull – Cyanotype


Wild boar cub skull, cyanotype print, ref. n. C-1-12-2021

Cyanotype contact print on Rosaspina paper from wet plate collodion negative

Sheet size is 35×45 cm (circa 14×18 in); image size is from 30×40 cm wet plate collodion negative (circa 12×16 in) and spreads beyond glass negative border.

Year created: 2021

Open edition.


This print is part of the ‘Bones prints’ project. Bones project is inspired by the ‘straight photography‘ movement of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Subjects are photographed at a close distance, on an overall blank or empty background, to show their shape and structure. The beauty of the subject itself makes the picture.

Bones project is made on tintype, ambrotype and prints. Prints can be made on cyanotype, Van Dyke brown and salt paper.

The photograph of this actual sale was shot on a wet plate collodion negative, a process rooted at the dawn of photography, on the year 1851. The negatives are made on glass plates of 30×40 cm size (12×16″). Such a negative is then printed on various alternative photographic techniques. They can be cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, salted paper, kallitype and so on. All these photographic processes are also rooted at the dawn of the photographic printing process, just before the advent of silver gelatine.

This work of art is printed with cyanotype process.

The print is made on unseized Rosaspina paper, a museum-quality paper from the Italian paper mill Fabriano. The use of that paper along with unseizing renders a coarse grain surface, as rough as raw paper. The image looks printed inside the fibers of the paper, as it is indeed. The print undergoes an archival processing specifically designed for that kind of photographic printing process. The print is finished with a protective layer of Renaissance wax, that leaves the surface as matt as plain paper. 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.

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.

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.

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

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