‘The silent images contained within this book appear to distil the poignant atmosphere of a place of discovery and mystery. Our curiosity is evoked through the use of a photographic process that produces images that are intriguing and questioning. Harvey has created images that demonstrate the library can often be a place for challenging conventions. The cyanotype process used to produce these photographs creates ‘one off’ prints that are unique individual interpretations of the physical environment. Echoing the ‘light bulb’ moments of discovery that books within the library have inspired’.

In this Victorian process, watercolour paper is coated with potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. Objects found in-situ in Blenheim Walk Library, and also film positives, are placed on the coated paper and exposed to strong sunlight (ultraviolet). The prints are then washed, unused chemicals rinsed away leaving a stunning Prussian Blue background with white tonal image.


All text and images © Sharon Harvey

Library Interventions: Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk Library
Original cyanotype prints and Ultraviolet photobook
July 2014