blue began in early 2011 when I discovered and was inspired by the cyanotypes of Anna Atkins (1799-1871) who is recognised by some as the first female photographer. The cyantotype process was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, son of astronomer William. Anna was a botanist who created cyanotypes of plant life and seaweeds in particular. She placed her specimens directly onto paper coated with a mildly photosensitive solution of ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide that, when developed, formed an image in a blue dye known as Prussian Blue. Anna’s cyanotypes were thus blue and white negatives made without a camera. Like Anna, I have created a series of images that are blue negatives of the natural world with form predominating over narrative. Unlike Anna’s, these images have been made on a digital camera, ‘developed’ in Photoshop and then printed in long life pigment inks on acid-free paper. The source images were taken in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Pembrokeshire between August 2010 and March 2011.