Olive Dean

Website: http://www.alternativephotography.com/olive-dean/

Email: olivedean@btinternet.com

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CORONA , Lumenograph . (Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation Purchase Prize , 2015)

FLOO'ERS O' the FOREST, Lumenograph with cyanotype ,scraped out text , 2013 , 20x25 cm

DRIFTING NETS 1, CYANOTYPE on Fabriano, 2013, 20x28 cm

VANITAS, Lumenograph with partial cyanotype coatingon expired Kodak paper,25x20cm

HARBOUR WALL, EAST LOTHIAN, Mixed media on canvas, 31x31cm

COFFEE FIX. -Lumenograph on expired Kodabrome paper , 20x6 cm


In the last few years I have transferred much of my practise fom painting to Alternative Photography, a discipline that is enjoying a firm revival wordwide. Victorian techniques are used such as cyanotypes, pinholes, saltprints ,lumenographs and also chemigrams , a 1950's invention. I have no darkroom so use solar power as much as I can (not easy in Scotland and expired quality photographic papers. The camera I value most is an old Pentax, ESPOI140, costing £13 from a charity shop ! The motto : " chance favours the prepared " is a good motto for photographers !


Before studying art had various different jobs , including working in the Middle East, and many years with BA. Became mature student at Edinburgh College of Art ,School of Drawing and Painting, graduating 1989. Many different activities followed to support impoverished lifestyle, (mortgage , family etc) tutoring , gardening (hands-on kind ), etc ,etc Continuing to work from home with diminishing returns...


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