THE JANUS EFFECT: New Photographs from Old Techniques exhibited 3/15/2013 - 4/27/2013
“THE ANATOMY OF PHOTOGRAPHY”
Today I am a photographer without a camera.
For the past fourteen years, I have worked as a photographer, focusing the greater part of my efforts on classic darkroom printing techniques. The magic and the science of combining chemicals in a darkly-lit room to create something truly beautiful is a practice I have never been able to escape. I am constantly amazed to see virtual “moments in time” on film reveal themselves through this process of manipulating time and space through light. Inspired by such “master photographers” as Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Man Ray, I strive to enter their world. In our age of technology-drenched art, how would these masters respond to the question of mending the gap between classic technique and emerging technology?
When posed with the same question, I felt deeply conflicted: while I have learned to appreciate and adapt to newer digital technology, I always reserve the greater part of my effort and esteem for the classic chemical processes in the darkroom. With the digital world accelerating faster than I could sustain, I decided to retreat into the sanctuary of my own passion. But this time, it was with a greater purpose. I began to experiment with the chemistry that is too often overlooked. In this Spagyric Art, I wanted to be able to both separate and combine the process of analog photography with the digital art world. Using the darkroom chemistry, I was able to create non-objective images that focused only on the reaction of light and silver of the photosensitized paper. I create images of organic shapes and matters that react and form with the exposure of light and time.
This process allowed me to see deeply into the infinite and abstract possibilities of combining light and silver. Acting as somewhat of an alchemist, I have literally turned “silver into gold” through the exposure of light and time reacting to the chemical splashes on the paper. Seeing the results of my new work I was ready to join together the two mediums of analog and digital photography that I had once worked so hard to keep separate. As an artist, I have previously explored themes of duality and bringing disparate worlds together into one amalgamation of thought. This recent body of work is no exception, thus creating “The Anatomy of Photography.”