Norwegian photographer and printmaker Øyvind Hjelmen is constantly experimenting with alternative processes, including a wide range of cameras from hand-made to plastic to pinhole to those with the finest optics. For this series, he abandoned cameras completely to make unique sun prints on photographic paper outside in his garden on the island of Stord.
A quiet, unassuming artist, this is what Hjelmen says about this series:
"Anthologia, in Greek, means literally “flower-gathering” for a garland — or a bouquet of flowers.
"The series consists of prints of plants and flowers from my garden.
"These prints are made by placing plants directly on photographic paper, and exposing them to sunlight for 3 hours. This produces a negative image of the plant, which bears some resemblance to W. H. Fox Talbot´s paper negatives from the 1820s. The paper is then placed in developer for 10 – 15 seconds, to make a positive image.
"Each silver gelatin print is unique, approximately 50 x 60 cm."