Experimental Photography: Anthotypes

Anthotypes are images created using photosensitive material from plants on paper. To create images with this process, you first need to create a juice of sorts out of plants/fruits/organic material. When you’ve mashed up the plant material, you’ll need to strain it through coffee filters/cheese cloth/etc. to get any solids out of the juice. Then you’ll paint that juice/emulsion onto paper (I used mixed media paper). Let it dry and once dry, place the items you want to use to create the final image. I used oak leaves I found in my background. Then let the paper sit in the sun for several hours or a few days.

Blueberries and Blackberries

This one was the first anthotype that I did. I was still figuring out what berries worked best and the best length of exposure. I used a mixture of blueberries and blackberries for this one. I like the color that the berries turned into. I left this one out in the sun for about 8 hours. It didn’t get as defined as I would’ve liked but it was still a good start.

Blueberries and Blackberries #2

This one was also done with the mixture of blueberries and blackberries. But I left this one out to expose for 3 days. The longer time definitely made the image more defined and contrasted.


This is the third and honestly best anthotype that I did. I used raspberries for this one and it seemed to have been a better option. This one was also exposed for around 3 days. The difference between the blueberry/blackberry mixture and this one makes it so clear that raspberries are really good for anthotypes.


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