rinne allen is a photographer based in athens, georgia who makes traditional photographs and also these light drawings that are currently on view:

i have made these light drawings for over 20 years in my backyard garden, just around the corner from ciné.

each light drawing is one-of-a-kind and is made using an early photographic techinque dating to the 1830’s called cyanotype.

cyanotypes are made by treating paper with a light-sensitve solution, then placing specimens on the paper outside in the sun. the sun’s rays cause a chemical reaction, leaving only the shadow of the specimen behind.

for me, making these is a welcomed antidote to the mechanization of photography and of our daily lives. the process is tactile, experimental, temperamental, uncontrollable, and always a surprise.

over time, these light drawings have helped to preserve ethereal, temporal moments from my garden.