A photographer who discovered a 120-year-old time capsule box in his old family home has developed the images. Deciding on one of the oldest ways to make photography prints, he used Cyanotype to develop the prints and recorded the entire process for this newly released video.
Ever the experimentalist, Mathieu Stern seems to never be short on finding interesting new investigations. For his latest offering, he recovered the box, which he estimates is from around 1900, after a family member saw his last video and notified him of it and its contents.
Buried underneath a series of other possessions were two glass plate negatives. In the video, Stern is seen brushing the prints with Cyanotype, before placing them under a UV light for precisely 27 minutes. Upon unlocking the box, a faint picture of a cat can be seen. It’s upon sliding the print into a dish of water and adding in some Hydrogen peroxide that the image really comes to life. The end result is a sharp and clear photo, with a bluey hue.
Repeating the process, the second print reveals pictures of more of the photo-taker’s pets. Truly a moment in time!
See more of Stern’s intriguing work at his YouTube channel.