Hay Wain 200: A Bigger Canvas
Discover how we celebrated the 200th anniversary of ‘The Hay Wain’, one of John Constable’s most celebrated pieces.
Over the summer months in 2021 photographic artists Liz Harrington and Laurence Harding have been working at Flatford to create an immersive and interactive installation, exploring the parallels between photography and painting and celebrating the idyllic views that inspired Constable. The finished piece, made up of floor to ceiling cyanotype (a photographic printing process that produces cyan-blue prints) panels inspired by the landscape, was displayed in The Granary at Flatford alongside photographs taken using pinhole cameras and smaller pieces created using a range of other historical and experimental photographic techniques.
Visitors and local community groups were able to participate by working with the artists at pop-up workshops to have a go at photographic techniques, contributing to the exhibition.
What's a cyanotype?
Cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes, invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel. It is an iron-based process, which is safe to use, and by placing objects or negatives on top of cyanotype coated materials and exposing to sunlight, blue tinted images can be created.