“a fond memory of the future” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
“the tide came in to listen” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
“we all fancy things unreal” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
Untitled, 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
Insentient Portrait Series, 2011
Antique malls are ever-changing “cabinets are curiosity” for me. I particularly enjoy the personalities of each booth and how they are displayed. Within these booths, I find that the mannequins, dolls, and statues that live within these spaces are dramatis personae – not just objects on a shelf. Like humans, some have a long-term or permanent role to play and some are unsettled, filling a position for only a brief period of time. The one thing they have in common is the vendor of the booth. The vendor is the master that controls the role(s) they are to play. Although I like to call these spaces “found scenes”, the act of photography essentially changes the scene from a still life to a portrait of that character in its habitat.
This series of portraits is an exploration of the identity of these inanimate figures brought to life by their role in life, and how the viewer draws on the clues and their own interpretation to create meaning.
Shot with Twin Lens Medium Format Camera
Silver Gelatin Fiber Paper
Here are my beginnings of the experience that IS: Gum Bichromate.
Original Image: B&W Medium Format
Digital Image Design (The texture is a result of how the image was translated after being cropped)
The following images were taken with my cellphone, so pardon the quality.
Tricolor print from one greyscale negative.
Magenta Pass (In the wash — bad light)
Final Pass: Cyan (Blue pigment) I think the pigment mixture was too thick.
I smoothed the layer with a Hake Brush, but it still bubbled. I do, however, love
the rich sepia tone!
“K” Pass – Black
“Y” Pass — Yellow
“C” Pass — Blue
I’m not sure why there is more “Magenta” reading through than the “Cyan” separation (compared to the digital design that I did the CMYK separation negatives). I also think I need to run another “K” pass. I’m thinking either some of it washed away after developing the other passes, or it just looks too weak compared to the other color passes.
All in all though, I feel that these are pretty successful for my first Gum Prints. I also realize that I have to embrace the results — that I cannot totally control the results, but learn from them …