Photo London 2019

I will be showing an installation of 16 Cyanotype prints titled ‘Phytoplankton’ with ‘Roland Belgrave Vingtage Photography’ at Photo London, Somerset house from May 16th-19th 2019.

See accompanying text and credits below the image

Screenshot 2019-04-10 at 17.19.04.png

Phytoplankton - by Inga Lisa Middleton

An exclusive, limited edition series of cyanotype prints addressing the pressing subject of marine pollution and the inherent beauty of the planet’s simple life forms.

Phytoplankton display a wondrous number of geometric shapes and natural forms that have an eerily abstract quality. The intricate and symmetrical patterns of diatoms in particular have a striking similarity with mandalas which, according to the psychoanalyst Carl Jung, symbolically represent ’the Self’.

The idea for this series was born when artist Inga Lisa Middleton learned that phytoplankton, single-cell oxygen-producing organisms vital for human existence, are being affected by pollution caused by man and thus serve as an emblem of the self-destructive nature of human behaviour.

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae, amongst the first life-forms on our planet. They perform photosynthesis, synthesizing organic matter from dissolved inorganic substances, and using solar radiation as the energy source. Phytoplankton, as well as forming the first level in the food-chain of the majority of aquatic ecosystems, produce half the total oxygen made by plant organisms on earth.

Like all marine organisms, phytoplankton are strongly threatened by anthropogenic pollution caused by the influx of diverse substances reaching the oceans, as well as by ocean noise and energy input. Plastic is one of the main threats. At least 8 million tons enter the oceans each year, and according to a recent study, there are 5.25 trillion plastic particles floating in the ocean. Microplastic in particular, with the dimension of plankton, can affect every level of the ocean food chain.

In her work Middleton employs the cyanotype process, which was discovered by Sir John Herschel, the British astronomer, chemist and inventor in 1842. The process involves placing an object, in this instance a negative, onto paper sensitised with iron salts, exposing it to UV light and fixing the image by running water. By this method, Middleton creates prints of deep Prussian blue, evoking the beauty and mystery of the ocean.


Chiara Lapucci: CNR-IBIMET (National Research Council - Institute of BioMeteorology) LaMMA. Consortium (Laboratory of Monitoring and Environmental Modelling for the sustainable development) Florence, Italy.

The Australian Antarctic Division /Microscopy photography: Rick van den Enden, D.Thomas, P.Campell, Fiona Scott

Diatoms of North America /Microscopy photography: Ian Bishop, Emily.R.Nodine.

Humpback Whale


I recently exhibited a ‘Humpback Whale’ Cyanotype in three parts and other works at ‘Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography’ / Lansdown Gallery, Hove, UK


Matt Martin, a US musician has licenced the 'Octopetala' for the cover art of his latest album titled Wanderwild:

I love the design and the music is beautiful !

Read More


21 cyanotype prints from the series 'Thoughts of home' will be on show at Jónshús, the Icelandic culture centre in Copenhagen from October 13th 2017 - January 2018.

It is a great honour to be invited to show the work there, but the building which has been owned by the Icelandic parliament since 1967, was the home Jón Sigurðsson and his wife Ingibjörn Einarsdóttir from1852 - 1879. 

Jón Sigurðsson was the leader of the 19th-century Icelandic independence movement.

The house is situated at Øster Voldgade 12, 1350 Copenhagen, Denmark

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 12.18.17.png
The windows of Jonshus reflect beautifully in the Cottongrass image

The windows of Jonshus reflect beautifully in the Cottongrass image


Reykjavik Solo exhibition june - september 2017

Thoughts of Iceland will opened at the National museum of Iceland on June 3rd. And will run till mid September 2017.  It is a fantastic venue which has a dedicated space for photography, both archival and contemporary.

The National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland

'The Wall' at the Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik.

'The Wall' at the Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Þjóðminjasafn 2.jpg