Mumaaso/Ekisimbe Cyanotype Series
Mumaaso/Ekisimbe translates to Face/Plant. These are portraits of people in Uganda overlayed by flora of the region. Through growing, gathering and living closer to plant life they seemed more connected to nature. Some combinations of portraits and plants are literal, such as the old woman (who is a coffee farmer) with coffee cherries. Others are metaphors for situations/personalities, such as the boy with the scar (who was a trouble maker) with a thorny plant.
I chose to print them with cyanotype, a more hands-on process, to be closer to the work as they are closer with nature. The prints were then toned with green tea to change the color and to add a bit of "plant spirit" into the print.