As you may know, I’ve recently began a series of chemically altered prints. I start with digital captures of bland, man ravaged landscapes; in which I’ve selected artifacts and topographical imprints left by humans. I then edit and print digital negatives for silver gelatin contact prints which, when dry, I run through a series of chemical baths for a process called Mordançage.
These chemicals target anything that is true black, so in editing I have flattened the image tonally but selected parts of the land or items left behind to black out in photoshop. These dark areas in the silver emulsion detach from the paper in the bleaching bath, allowing me to pull, tear, and reorganize the surface.
This literal disintegration of print partners with and critiques the overlooked affects of human presence.
There will be a gallery exhibition of the full series showing in Savannah sometime in April. I’ll keep you updated! Keep an eye out!