Russian Iris

This is a lumen print, which is basically a photogram. It’s made with expired black and white silver gelatin photo paper. That’s right – you get a colour print using black and white paper. You might be thinking, what kind of darkroom magic is this? Guess what – you don’t need a darkroom to make lumen prints! The only chemical you need is fixer to freeze the image you get after exposure in the sun for several hours of the paper with plant material on it. Remove plant material, wash to see colour (which you will probably love), then accept the fact that those lovely colours shift when you fix the paper. There are infinite possibilities for experimentation. A totally fun away to make photographic prints all summer long. Without a darkroom. (Important note: if you open a package of photographic paper in white light to make lumen prints, it can never be used subsequently to make darkroom prints).