Photographic Works > Somnambulists

My interest in the Anthotype, a process that requires a positive light resist to create a positive image, utilizes sunlight's bleaching action on plant pigments. It is considered a fugitive process unless the print is protected from further exposure to light (except when viewing). Examples of William Herschel's Anthotypes from the 1840's are still quite lovely and stable to this day. Clothing, mostly sleep wear, is cut into a single layer and placed upon the coated paper and exposed to sunlight through a building window from between 2-4 weeks in the summer. The emulsion is made from plant pigments such as grass, red rose petals, mulberries, iris petals and pokeberries which are ground with a mortar and pestle and placed into solution. Please go to my blog francisschanberger.wordpress.com to see documentation of my process.

Reverend Paul Sheridan's Pajama Pants
Pokeberry Anthotype
29" x 46"
2016
Reverend Paul Sheridan's Pajama Top
Pokeberry Anthotype
35” x 44”
2016
anthotype photogram made from an emulsion made from purple iris petals
Purple Iris Anthotype
36" w x 42" w
2015
anthotype photogram made by passing light through sleepwear on top of an emulsion made from purple iris petals
Purple Iris Anthotype
36" w x 42" w
2015
anthotype photogram made from yellow onion skin
Onion Skin Anthotype
36" w x 42" w
2015
anthotype photogram made from red tulip petals
Red Tulip Anthotype
36" w x 42" w
2015
Anthotype made using red tulips
Red Tulip Anthotype (Basic)
28" w x 36" h
2014
Anthotype made using yellow onion skin
Yellow Onion Skin Anthotype
36" x 42" h
2014
Anthotype made using yellow onion skin
Yellow Onion Skin Anthotype
36" x 42" h
2014
Anthotype made using red tulips
Red Tulip Anthotype
42" w x 36" h
2014
Anthotype made using yellow onion skin
Yellow Onion Skin Anthotype
36" x 42" h
2014
Anthotype made using red tulips
Red Tulip Anthotype
28" w x 36" h
2014
Anthotype made using rainbow chard and saffron
rainbow chard and saffron anthotype
22" w x 34" h
2014
Anthotype made using rainbow chard
rainbow chard anthotype
22" w x 34" h
2014
Anthotype made using onion skin and saffron
Yellow Onion Skin and Saffron Anthotype
30" w x 36" h
2014
Anthotype made using pokeberry emulsion
anthotype (pokeweed)
42" x 36"
2013
Anthotype made using red rose petals applied over purple iris petal emulsion
anthotype (red rose and purple iris)
42" x 36"
2013
Anthotype made using saffron
anthotype (saffron)
42" x 36"
2013
Anthotype made using beet root
anthotype (beet root)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using red rose petals
anthotype (red rose)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using red rose petals and yellow onion skin
anthotype (red rose over onion skin)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using purple iris petals
anthotype (purple iris)
55" (H) x 44" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using red rose petals
anthotype (red rose)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using Swiss Chard
anthotype (Swiss Chard)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Nine day anthotype exposure made with red tulip emulsion and a peignoir.
Red Tulip Anthotype
51" (H) x 42" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using purple iris petals
anthotype (purple iris)
36" (H) x 30" (w)
2013
Anthotype made using red rose petals
Anthotype (Red Rose)
60"h x 42"w
2013
Nine day anthotype exposure made with red tulip emulsion and a nightgown.
Red Tulip Anthotype
36″ (H) x 26″ (W)
2013
Anthotype made using red roses
anthotype (red rose)
30" h x 22" w
2013
Six week anthotype exposure made with yellow onion skin and beet juice  emulsion and a a striped pajama top.
Yellow Onion Skin Anthotype
35" (H) x 28" (w)
2013
Anthotype photogram (photogenic drawing) using crushed red rose petals
Anthotype (Rose Petal Pigment)
25" (H) x 37" (W)
2011
Somnambulist #4 (rose red pajama pants)
rose pigment anthotype
40" x40"
2011
Anthotype Photogram (photogenic drawing) using Iris Pigment
Anthotype (Iris Pigment)
21" x 31"
2011
Anthotype Photogram (photogenic drawing) using Mulberry Pigment
Anthotype (Mulberry Pigment)
36" x 39"
2011
Somnambulist #7 (Clem Wolfham)
Anthotype (Mulberry Pigment)
40" x 32"
2011
Somnambulist #5 (Cut Grass Sleeping Dress)
Anthotype (Cut Grass) Pigment)
22" x 34"
2011
Anthotype photogram (photogenic drawing) using cut grass poultice pounded onto the paper
Cut Grass Anthotype
39" x 39"
2011