OUT OF THE CITY AND INTO THE BLUE — CYANOTYPES WORKSHOP WITH ANNA FALCK-YITTER AT THE GROSSER GARTEN
“Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color – in this case, the color blue, as if falling under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns,” writes Maggie Nelson in “Bluets”, her poetic ode to the color blue. Anna Falck-Ytter actually fell in love with photography first: she spent years working for photo exhibition houses throughout Europe, having been enchanted by the medium’s interplay of chemistry and light. She developed a particular devotion to cyanotypes – blueprint light tracings – and thought herself the process, which doesn’t require a camera at all. Now you can discover this ancient photographic technique yourself at Anna’s workshops held on the last weekend of August. Working with the environment and nature, you will learn to create these deep blue works using leaves, blossoms, stones and anything else that you come across. You’ll have no issue finding inspiration and objects, for the course takes place at the Großer Garten at Gerswalde. While you wait for your blueprints to dry, you can roam around the garden, head into the village to buy some cheese at Alte Milch, have food at Gaia or marvel at the creations at Khassel.
Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Eliana Kirkcaldy
P.S. Can’t wait for next weekend to go to Gerswalde? Check out Taco Friday with corn-based treats from Otto Berlin and Gaia tomorrow (12.08) from 16h at Großer Garten.