Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) is a landmark in the histories both of photography and of publishing: the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means. Instantly recognisable today as the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects fround in the sea.

British Algae by Anna Atkins the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means; the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects fround in the sea.

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This is a transverse section of the conceptacle of a brown seaweed Fucus sp., commonly known as saw wrack. It has been stained with a fluorescent dye called anilino-naphthalene-sulphonic acid.

seaweed - shades of green, brown, olive; wavy, bumpy, ribbon

Kelps are large, brown algae that grow along coasts around the world, especially in cooler regions. Credit: NOAA’s National Ocean Service Source: The Census of Marine Life, Smithsonian Ocean Portal

seaweed #LostOcean Colour palette inspiration!

seaweed I found this pinned by someone else. Imagine my surprise seeing it on line since I own the original. It was painted by a dear friend Kathy Dueker.

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