A photographic study
This series has been a gradual study for me spanning well over a year. My conceptual intent was driven upon the process of image making over image taking. The series started with on shoot, photographing an assortment of skulls supplied by Giant Nerd Books. Over the course of year I used these images as the source material for realizing concepts of photographic print making. While many many incarnations of the images were made I wanted to edit the body down into three volumes representing various concepts.
The idea from which the entire body was derived. My goal with this series was to address the reproducibility of the photographic image. Photography is typically seen as having a few degrees of seperation from the artist, with this group I wanted to eliminate that separation. Each image is gelatin silver print, hand made in the darkroom, and then further embellished by hand.
In doing this I wanted to create pieces, photographically based but now something more. The subjects fade away from photographic representations and become part of an aesthetic presentation, formal elements in a composition.
While working on the Embellished series I developed a new method of developing prints. In short, rather than submerging a print into a tray the print is developed by hand, using a brush to apply developer. This results in unique development patterns on each print. Meaning that while developing the same negative, at the same exposure and identical conditions, each print will still be uniquely different.
Technically Polaroid is a misnomer, as I am using readily assessable Impossible Project film (artistic license). This series of images differs a bit from the previous two which are closely related. Over the course of my time working on this body I became further and further interested in the merging of digital and analog working methods. All contemporary artists working in analog methods must convert their work into a digital format to share it over this great internet, but I became interested in the reverse, making analog images from digital files. This working method I experimented with is best represented in these instant film exposures.