St. John’s Eve
In Medieval times ferns were thought flower and produce seeds only at midnight on St. John’s Eve (June 23, the day before Midsummer). The seeds of the fern were invisible, of course, and would grant anyone who processed a seed great strength, the ability to understand what birds had to say, and the knowledge to find buried treasure.
Wet Cyanotype breathes new life and color into an old photographic tradition. I use acids, bases, and long exposure times to change the traditional monochromatic blue of cyanotypes into turquoise, greens, and oranges. The addition of turmeric adds some yellow and texture.
Jessie Swimeley uses digital and alternative process photography to give voice to the abandoned places and forgotten treasures of the West. Jessie received her BA in Photography from the University of Oregon and is the President of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho with her partner Joel.