Sun Print Sauntering

Sun Print Poem

Sometimes it might help to stop.

Take a seat in a cool place

and breath.

Feel about with your senses,

Ambiguity and angst will come and go in time.

archetypes emerge-

Take shape-

And resonate.

Reflection:

In case you've never tried- sun prints can be easily done with all ages, even in the rain (first image of dots was rain). Any object might be applicable to making a print too as found out this past week while teaching outside. Students were encouraged to find space nearby the garden to expose the paper with interesting effect. There was at first that question of what will happen? I encourage others and myself to let go of the worry about end product and focus on the limitless creations within the process of artful discovery. Above is some of what came out of such a process in the past week or so.

One image (photo above composed of a series of lines) was created out of a squash leaf turned used as the lens for a long exposure pin hole camera in the community garden at work. That image too about three hours to expose on a very sunny day.  Other images therein are various exposures where the paper was placed carefully under or near growing plants. The triangle shots are a prism left on the page for various periods of time in addition to being in the garden. 

Not only was I enthused to be outside making art, but witnessing engagement between student and nature and art was astounding as usual. Some readily relaxed and could focus on the creative inquiry of the process; some were drawn to the project just being in the vicinity and then were able to take part therein.  Some were just interested in looking and playing around the garden space, investigating the plants and shaded design elements therein. 

Whatever the result, I am excited to push the process further. I had a student report back that using salt or vinegar in the process creates a very interesting effect. I have yet to try it, but when I do I will post the results.  If you have ever tried something new with this process, feel free to send them to me!

Until next time-

Ben 

 

 

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Ben Fox LCMHC

Ben Fox is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the state of Vermont, an Expressive Art Therapist, & an Community Minister associated with the North Universalist Chapel Society of Woodstock, VT