Zhang Dali uses a photo process invented over 150 years ago. The artist creates photograms or cyanotypes by brushing large pieces of cotton canvas with a mixture of chemicals. He explains, "After drying the fabric, images placed in front of the fabric are captured in silhouette; and, within a few minutes of exposure to the sun's ray's negative images, or shadows start to form. Areas not exposed to light remain white while those exposed to the light result in different tones of blue, depending on the varying degrees of transparency of the objects."
Artist: Zhang Dali
World's Shadows runs through January 8, 2012 at Pékin Fine Arts in Beijing.