Irene Kung

From the examples shown below you will see that Irene Kung has a unique way of working with her images which she processes in Photoshop and creates these lovely directed light on subject images The Buildings and The Trees are from her first and second books respectively called ‘Irene Kung: Trees‘ and ‘Irene Kung: The Invisible City‘ of which I have the latter which is a stunning collection of her architectural images.

The images above are all black with what is a beam of light hitting the subject in a specific place but Irene also works with images that are a lot lighter than this but look just as stunning and in black and white as well ‘Trees light, Dark and Black & White‘.

Of Swiss decent Irene Kung started off as a painter and she achieved success early on in her career as an artist who’s technique was based upon that of “Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance frescoes” In recent years Irene Kung has expanded her repetoire into photography. creating some of the most visually stunning images of Architecture, Fruit Trees and Animals by using her own dramatic and unique style which sets her work apart from mainstream contemporary photography.

Irene Kung – The Invisible City
Irene Kung – Trees


Kungified Image

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Hull

The above image is an attempt to re-create the style of the photographer and artist Irene Kung and not be an exact copy of how she does her work which as a piece of art is stunning. I have also been looking at how to manipulate light in other photo editing packages as well such as Krita, DXO Optics Pro 11, Affinity Photo and On1 Photo Raw to see which one works best so experimenting with them was quite interesting images representing these test will follow shortly.


Developing Processes


Cyanotype is a process of creating an image on a piece of paper or cloth using a chemical solution on the medium letting it dry printing out a positive image you want, then printing it on a transparency placing the transparency over the material and putting it the sun until the image is produced on the material.

Cyanotype Image Of Chairs
Cyanotype – Wicker Chairs


Cyanotype Sensitizer Fluid – £16.95


2 Component Set for photographic blueprints on paper and fabric

“Cyanotype is an antique photographic process distinctive for producing Prussian blue monochromatic prints. Developed in the mid-19th century, cyanotype was quickly embraced as an inexpensive method for reproducing photographs, documents, maps and plans (hence the enduring architectural term “blueprint”).

Famously, it was also used by Ana Atkins and other field biologists for indexing plant specimens—the first photograms ever made! Cyanotype is a remarkably simple process that employs two inexpensive chemicals and sunlight/UV. Prints can be made on any natural fiber: paper, cotton, silk, wool, wood, etc.”

Quick Instructions:
Jacquard’s Cyanotype Set makes DIY cyanotype printing as easy as can be. The chemistry comes premeasured in lightproof black bottles. Simply fill each bottle with water to create Stock Solutions A & B and mix the two in equal parts to create the cyanotype sensitizer. Coat fabric or paper with the sensitizer and, once dry, create prints by exposing to sunlight or UV (3-15 minutes, depending on conditions), using objects or a film negative to create an image. After exposure, prints are processed in a tray of cool water and allowed to air dry over about 24 hours; prints will oxidize to their final deep blue color. To instantly oxidize the print to its final color, submerge in a dilute bath of hydrogen peroxide after washing, then rinse and dry.


Part A – Potassium Ferricyanide 0.8 oz/23.2 g
Part B – Ferric Ammonium Citrate 1.9 oz/54.4 g

This set contains enough chemistry to make approximately sixty-five 8.5”x11” prints
on paper or fifty 8.5”x11” prints on fabric, depending on the absorbency of the substrate.

Jacquard Cyanotype Sensitizer Set


Jeff Wall Shoot

A View from an Apartment 2004-5 by Jeff Wall born 1946
A View from an Apartment 2004-5 Jeff Wall born 1946 Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and Tate Members 2006

What we are looking at doing for the Jeff Wall project ist to re-create an image similar to the one above but also try and use a technique called Tromploy which in French means deceive the eye with some of our own images below are two images that represent the technique of Tromploy.

Below are some potential images that could be printed onto foam board and placed on the blank white panel of the Hull City of Culture Stand in Paragon Station (image with the 2×2 volunteers stood either side to make it look like Tromploy windows have been created that look out into the station itself and shoot it using flash to replicate the techniques that Jeff Wall uses.



The images below are called blends, they are made up of multiple photographs and each one is layered on top of the previous were opacity and fill are reduced and a slight offset to create a blend of the different images the two images below are of the Statue of Queen Victoria in Queen Victoria Square and the other is a blend of five different photographs of doorways layered on top of each other with fill and Opacity altered slightly on each one to give an impression of  multi-faceted ethereal doors ways that could have been drawn with a pencil.

Images used for the Doorway Blend

Images used for Queen Victoria Blend


Here are two images of the blends been created in Photoshop.

The idea behind these images was derived from a session on the artist Idris Khan who was appropriating the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher, who photographed industrial structures and then placed them in a grid format for viewing, each image in the grid was of a similar looking structures the constant between this was the light, distance from the subject the same camera and lens were used to take the images.

So what does Idris Khan do with the appropriated work of the Becher’s, he first selects the group of images he wishes to use in the piece he is creating  and then starts layering the images together to create a piece that looks like it could have been drawn for example