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 BROADSIDE: MAN WITH THE WOLF CREST CANE Alternative photographic process known as Cyanotype on watercolor paper.

BROADSIDE: MAN WITH THE WOLF CREST CANE
Alternative photographic process known as Cyanotype on watercolor paper.

 

Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic techniques that produce a print of an elegant blue color.  A process invented in 1842 by the astronomer and chemist, Sir John Herschel.  Some say it may have been invented even earlier.

I have recently returned to this alternative photographic process which was a favorite of mine many years ago.

 

Man with the Wolf Crest Cane
by Donna Beaver

On one of my grandmother’s many visits,
was the man with the Wolf crest cane.

Carved of cedar.
the curve of the staff, his head.
A totem face with white fangs,
and abalone eyes.

I would stare at the wolf ’s face,
caught in the detail of etched wood,
and colors,

My eyes moving to the old hands,
that held him.

The old man’s face is faint,
in a child’s memory.

I hear only the sounds of my grandmother,
and his, melodic Indian voices.

And the tapping of his fingers,
on my wolf’s head.