The tradition of dyeing Easter Eggs is an old tradition that is now replaced buying with chocolate and plastic eggs filled with Jelly Sweets. Although decorating easter eggs can be dated back at least 60,000 years; in Africa ancient Ostrich Eggs have been found with engraved decoration. Eggs Decorated in gold and Silver were also placed in Sumerian and Egyptian graves up to 5000 years ago. The Christian tradition dates back to the Mesopotamia, where Christians dyed their eggs Red in memory of Christs Blood.
It was traditional that before lent you had to use up all of your eggs as they were forbidden during the Lent. Days Like Shrove Tuesday, Fat Thrusday and Mardi Gras may have begun as a way to mark the last days you could consume eggs. With the end of lent people then decorated eggs and consumed over Easter to create the easter egg.
While trying to think of a theme for this years easter project, I hit on the idea of Dyeing and photographing my own Easter eggs. You can normally find in the shops some artificial dyes to transform your eggs into brightly coloured edible decorations. I wanted something a bit more natural and decided to photograph naturally dyed eggs. This was part experimentation and part fun because I had never done this before.
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All picture were taken using natural light with either; Canon 50mm 1.8 or Tamaron 90mm Macro 2.8. All pictures were edited in Lightroom Except “Natural Dyed Egg Collection” which was composited in Photoshop.
Because of the natural dye and some mistakes I made along the way, the colour is slightly mottled. At first I was slightly disappointed but the effect actually grew on me, as each egg has it unique design. The blue was created by using Red Cabbage, the red by using Red Onion skins and the yellow from Turmeric.
If you want to see how I created these Eggs check out Emma’s blog Mommy Emu where I talked to her about how I dyed the eggs.
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