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Elementary Blueprint

Tickets info

Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Age Restriction
All Ages

Activities | All Ages

Elementary Blueprint

About the event

Devised by Stills: Centre for Photography, Elementary Blueprint was originally planned as a creative experiment for participants across Edinburgh.  

Stills wanted to create an alternative photograph of our city using the elements and, in the middle of March, began to post cyanotype paper to community groups and individuals across Edinburgh, with instructions to expose the sheets outdoors, so the paper would be developed by the sun, wind and rain over a 2-week period.  

They couldn’t have imagined how much the world would change over the weeks ahead. And so Elementary Blueprint has changed too; this is now an online project and open to participants from across the UK – we want as many people as possible to take part in this creative project. Help create an alternative document of this challenging and extraordinary time. 

Here’s How You Can Take Part… 

First you need specially coated ‘cyanotype’ paper, if you already have this then you’re good to go, but if you need Stills to send you some click here. Stills will post out paper for as long as it is safe to do so. 

Stills, EH1 

Next, take your coated cyanotype paper outdoors and expose it to the elements. Please be mindful of your safety and the safety of others when you do this. If you are self-isolating and cannot leave the house at all you can put the paper on the outside of your window. 

Leave it in place for as long as you like – an hour, a week, the entire duration of self-isolation. Please note: you do not need to wash your print as you would with regular cyanotypes – unless you want to. 


Take a photo of the results and email it to Stills at or #elementaryblueprint on InstagramTwitter or Facebook

Please note the postcode of the area it was exposed and the date(s) of exposure. If you don’t want to give the full postcode the first half will be enough. 

Stills will be exhibiting entries in an online exhibition – watch this space for more details soon! You can also sign up to the Stills mailing list for updates in your inbox. 

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Live overseas and want to get involved? Stills can’t post paper internationally, but if you have your own supply then please send Stills a photo of your Elementary Blueprint following the instructions above. 

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