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What If Wednesday: The Kirlian Cyanotype

Kirlian Cyanotype MTtf

As previously noted, Professor Palindrome is/was an inventor, traveller and Chrononaut. Besides creating a successful aetheric steam engine and photonogram (See: Professor Palindrome’s Chrono-Postcard1 ), he also developed the Kirlian Cyanotype process. Alas little is known about his methods and attempts to rediscover the process have not been successful. It is assumed that knowledge of aetheric physics and quantum alchemy is required, studies which are absent from current educational curriculum.

Kirlian Cyanotype 2MTmT

Palindrome’s name & history form a bit of a puzzle. It appears that there was both a Palindrome & Palindome. At times they appear to be the same person, while at other times there appears to be two distinct individuals.Palindrome  seems to be going both forward & backward through time.  As to which is the inventor and which is the time traveller, well, ……… it is even unclear who is first recorded in the history books. The same archival source will be different each time you look at it. Palindrome references suffer from Schroedinger Observational Effect, and are altered by observation.

Kirlian Cyanotype MGHB3

Kirlian Cyanotype appear to be a means of recording the a Kirlian field as a Cyanotype photo print. Semyon Kirlian, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate. The technique of Kirlian Photography has also been known as “electrography” and “electrophotography”. The nature of this field has been hotly debated ever since it was widely publicized in the early 1970s.

Lost Photo Process1MRVT

Palindrome appears to also attempted to create a similar aetheric process that produced an image on a glass metallic plate. While this image is very striking, the aetheric energy has left bubbles & scratches embedded in the plate. Those who have handled the plate claim that not only does the image become a holographic 3D impression, but that they hear aetheric tones of the photographed subject. Further study is required to better understand the nature of this lost photographic process.


17 responses

  1. I especially like these images, particularly No 2 & 3. The water-colour effect is brilliant, particularly in contrast with almost geometric and naturalistic elements. I love palindromes, I once composed a palindromic musical piece along the lines of a Celtic tune – it sounded Scottish in the first half and Irish in the second. Interesting. What did the first man say to the first woman? “Madam, I’m Adam”…. Tony

    August 15, 2013 at 1:37 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. Have you thought of posting your music, perhaps as a film with your images ?

      August 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  2. Professor Palindrome sounds like quite the scientist! And naturally it takes quite the creative genius to successfully reproduce these methods, sir! Those blues are electric (particularly against the vibrant contrasting colors)… and I very much like your other effect as well! Beautiful!
    Sadly, I have only one remaining hand-printed cyanotype (part of my creepy pear series)… they were a lot of fun to work with (I wish we had started doing more alt. work earlier-on in my photo classes).

    August 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. keep an eye out the professor may visit or already has visited you. 😀
      It is fascinating that there are many photographers working in the alternative processes & making money from it. I suspect the trick is combining it with unique/unexpected subject matter.

      August 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  3. Oh, such fascinating images. Marvelous framing, colors, textures. A great post!

    August 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much lemony. Love those recent shots using the fish-eye effect. Steampunk & Lovecraft – can not go wrong. 🙂

      August 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      • Thanks, Joseph. I am always so grateful for your encouragement.

        August 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

  4. leecleland

    Lemony, above has stated exactly my thoughts on this post, especially the frames. I seem to have a thing about your framing.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    • elmediat

      Tanks very much. The first three are modifications of a cyanotype frame that is provided with PaintShop Pro. The first image has the least modification to the original frame, mostly colour & texture changes. The fourth one uses a metallic border that is totally my creation. 🙂

      August 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      • leecleland

        ahhh, it is the metallic that I like, it really adds something different to the frame.

        August 17, 2013 at 4:09 am

      • elmediat

        I have taken a whole series of shots of metal & glass surfaces, some of which are macro shots. Using them a flood fills, paints and colour re-placers, I am able to generate metal/glass borders and layers to modify images. 🙂

        August 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

  5. The second image certainly has my attention. I keep going back to it.

    August 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. Those heritage tomatoes have a lot of aetheric energy. 😀

      August 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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  7. Cool. Thanks for the heads up on this one. Enlightening and aesthetically pleasing all in one package. Soul and mind food. Your work is a great combo!

    May 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    • elmediat

      Glad you enjoyed the experiment in alternative visions of realities. 🙂

      May 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      • Your more than welcome!

        May 2, 2015 at 2:33 am

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