Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship VII)
Untitled (Ghost Ship VII)
Brian Buckley, Wine Dark Sea IX
Wine Dark Sea IX
Brian Buckley, Rope
Brian Buckley, Twilight Voyage
Twilight Voyage
Brian Buckley, Unfurled
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship I)
Untitled (Ghost Ship I)
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship XVII)
Untitled (Ghost Ship XVIII)
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship XXV)
Untitled (Ghost Ship XXV)
Brian Buckley, Octopus (Twins)
Octopus (Twins)
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship XXXIX)
Untitled (Ghost Ship XXXIX)
Brian Buckley, Octopus
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship XIX)
Untitled (Ghost Ship XIX)
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship XV)
Untitled (Ghost Ship XV)
Brian Buckley, Wine Dark Sea, Nea Kemani
Wine Dark Sea, Nea Kemani
Brian Buckley, Octopus (Bust)
Octopus (Bust)
Brian Buckley, Ugolino
Brian Buckley, Calypso
Brian Buckley, Athena II
Athena II
Brian Buckley, Untitled Ghost Ship XVI
Untitled (Ghost Ship XVI)
Brian Buckley, Another Strange Island II
Another Strange Island II
Brian Buckley, Hydra
Brian Buckley, Wine Dark Sea B.V.I.
Wine Dark Sea (B.V.I.)
Brian Buckley, Tall Ship
Tall Ship
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship V)
Untitled (Ghost Ship V)
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship II)
Untitled (Ghost Ship II)
Brian Buckley, Leda
Brian Buckley, Nea Kemani
Nea Kemani
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Ghost Ship III)
Untitled (Ghost Ship III)
Brian Buckley, Bosphorus Sky
Bosphorus Sky
Brian Buckley, Sappho
Brian Buckley, Another Strange Island
Another Strange Island
Brian Buckley, The Womb
The Womb
Brian Buckley, Samos Figure
Samos Figure
Brian Buckley, Untitled (Seascape II)
Untitled (Seascape II)
Brian Buckley, Octopus
Octopus (Ascend)

“Ghost Ship” is a series of unique, large-scale cyanotype prints by Brian Buckley. Through the use of a 19th-century photographic process that pre-dates silver-based practices, the artist employs its naturally rich, blue tones to endeavor to express his thoughts on the beauty and mystery of the vast seas and his long-felt fascination with the power and danger of deep waters.

Incorporating aspects of Greek mythology into the project, the artist uses these stories to express his own personal experiences at sea. Loosely drawing from the narrative and imagery in The Odyssey—a text taught by Buckley’s father at City College in New York City—the artist’s prints reference ghost ships and sea monsters, sirens, and Sappho.

Brian Buckley sources his chemicals and mixes them by hand in small batches before applying them to watercolor paper. Often creating layers of multiple coats, the artist covers his sheets with light sensitive chemicals using a variety of tools from sponges to brushes and glass rods. Buckley plans specific types of applications appropriate for particular subjects, and his hand is evident in and integral to subtle variations in the final artworks. Employing more straightforward photogram techniques in concert with digitally enlarged negatives, each cyanotype is distinct and one-of-a-kind. Exposures range from a single hour up to three full days.

Work by Brian Buckley