The “blue prints” are part of an ongoing photography series dedicated to my love of the high desert landscape and the cyanotype process. These unusual trees paired with the vintage development process creates this unique handmade view of Joshua Tree National Park and the high desert. Recently I have been on a journey with “Fred,” exploring the cliché of the desert alien. During quarantine he has turned into my own personal “Wilson.” We often have morning conversations about where he wants to go and what he wants to do today. Fred often gets hurt on adventures and has become very friendly with Gorilla glue. Say hi if you see us driving around the desert.
The Blue print process is done by creating a light sensitive emulsion to cold press water color paper and contact printing an enlarged negative onto the surface. In conjunction I am also creating photograms with this process where I am contact printing pieces of high desert nature to the emulsion. The process includes harnessing the sun’s power as the images are left in the UV light to develop then rinsed with water to clear the image. I teach this process 2-5 times a month through an Airbnb Experience, titled “Make sun-prints in the desert.”
Every day you can find Rose Cefalu obsessing over her iPhone photos and over-posting on Instagram @joshuatreedesertrose and @rosecefaluphoto. In her spare time she thinks about traveling, printing imagery, making candles, and mixing new colors. In 2019 Rose launched a cyanotype workshop to get her “hands dirty” again and reintroduce this vintage art form to a new audience interested in becoming skilled with alternative photographic processes. She is also producing award-winning content at a variety of outlets. Currently Rose is the Photography Director at Emmy magazine and you can find her work at rosecefaluphoto.com