New Zealand photographer Connie McDonald got in touch with Télégramme recently and we really liked her unusual style, so we asked her a few questions about it…
How long have you been taking photos?
When I was eight my mother allowed me to use an entire film carefully over the course of a few months as our tadpoles grew into frogs. I had a little point-and-shoot camera for a few years that I loved experimenting with. I got a ‘big camera’ when I was 17.
What technique do you use to make your photos?
I use a lot of different mediums, I love texture so I create Cyanotypes, I love the object-ness and instant nature of the polaroid, the excitement of 35mm film, the beauty of 120 film and the fun of digital.
These photographs have been made using the 1850’s alternative process of Cyanotype; painting UV light-sensitive liquid onto a piece of watercolour paper, placing the negative on top and exposing it to UV light. Then, the areas that are exposed to UV light turn blue, and the prints can be bleached with baking soda and toned with coffee.
What inspired you to use the Cyanotypes technique?
I like the idea of creating images that look like they are from a different time. There are brushstrokes on some of the prints, each print is unique. The process allows these photographs to become art pieces.
What is your favourite thing to photograph?
I love photographing my friends. I love freckles and naivety.
What advice would you give to people who want to experiment with photography?
Go for it! To create photographs is to create something that is separate to yourself and therefore has the ability to live on long after you are ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
What are your plans for your photography?
Photography is my way of feeling. Along with writing and doodling. I want to live my life feeling as much as I can. Going to new places, loving people, and taking photos. I am really picky and will not photograph things that do not excite me! :)
If you could photograph anything what would it be?
I would love to photograph a crime scene one time. Although, perhaps, I would get nightmares for years..