"The Shadows" Gotta love the fine detail in this one - 4x5" Negative exposed to Earth,Carbon and Fire (micro explosions)
Trying a new "touch" will be interesting to see how these negatives turn out.
"Consumed by the Void in Space" 4x5" Negative exposed to earth and fire (Micro Explosions)
"Nebula in Creation" 4x5" Negative exposed to earth and fire (micro explosions)
Sometimes you just know …. Earth Leaf would be a terrible title!
And the printing goes on, having a personal darkroom makes life soooo much easier! =)
Whenever you are working in an experimental way there are times when a negative just goes wrong. However thats the joy of being able to enlarge and crop an image in the darkroom.
Portion of a 4x5" B&W Negative exposed to Carbon, earth, water and fire (micro explosions)
Amazing the depth these ice negs create and the sense of movement is there as well, like fractured fault lines seen from above.
A Fractured World - 4x5" Negative exposed in Ice
Cosmic structures in form, definitely a nebula kinda vibe here. 4x5" negative exposed to organic matter and fire (micro explosions)
The hardest part about your artwork after the actual creation, is writing about it. Sometimes coming up with titles seems so overly contrived, and that’s probably because it is. It always feels like such a pressure, and something that has to be done. I would be quite happy sometimes to just use a description and then number, but then that seems overly redundant and boring. While with any title you are creating a narrative beyond the image, the language can work and guide the viewer to where you would like or expect, or it could send them to lah lah land and give your work an entirely unintended and un wanted context. The powers of language, perception, interpretation and miss-interpretation are a pain in the ass …
4x5" negative exposed to organic matter and fire (micro explosions)
There are so many images I create where there is much I want to say but I can't put the right words in my mouth. So I just have to stare at it till I get it or just wanna chuck it out the window. At this point I am just intrigued by the organic structure and movement. 4x5" negative exposed to organic matter and fire (micro explosions)
Some impacts create while others destroy ... my current technique/practice is a bit of both. A portion of an image from a 4x5" b&w negative exposed to earth, water, carbon and fire (micro explosions)
Back from holiday and its time to get back to work! Delighted to say that my application to the Richard and Siobhan Coward Foundation accepted my application for their analogue photography grant. This will ensure that my current project (still untitled) will be completed to its fullest potential for my solo show next year! But for now it is contact sheet and proof prints time.
The addition of carbon to these works was a happy, but somewhat intentional accident. As it came from a compound I have been using on previous works for years ..... it is lucky that a 4x5" flame ball wasn't created in the end though ....
A portion of an image from a 4x5" b&w negative exposed to earth, water, carbon and fire (micro explosions)
So in continuation of the experimental nature of this body of work we have this.
A portion of an image from a 4x5" b&w negative exposed to earth, water, carbon and fire (micro explosions) ..... nice ....
Sometimes you end up spending so much time on your social media presence, submissions and writing that you completely forget to post small updates on your own page!
So here we go a small taste of a much larger print from a 4x5” B&W Negative exposed to smoke and fire (micro explosions)
Each new negative is full of advancements and discoveries.
4x5" Black and white Negative exposed with smoke and fire (small explosions)
One last image from lost memory lane. Fun remembering now actually taking these. However I think I need to start working out if I am going to lug that beast of an 8x10 camera kit around again!
8x10" Colour Positive Film
St Peters Seminary - Cardross - 2010ish