OPTOGRAPHIC OBJECTS (Ongoing)
Mixed media from photographic ephemera and antique glass
Optographic Objects are studies in light, time and materials using experimental photographic processes. This body of work explores the ways in which materials, objects and places seem to hold memories in their molecular structures. It uses ephemera such as antique lenses, obsolete film formats, developing byproducts and other cameraless techniques to create strange landscapes and forms. It harks back to the early days of photography as a magic alchemy from which it was believed with the right chemical combinations it would be possible to capture spectres, souls and other apparitions, including Optograms - which were said to record the last image seen by the eye before death.
Following on from work such as The Light of Other Days (2021) and Shotska Reel (2022) and the lens experiments in the project Eyes of Time (2018-present), this body of work seeks to explore the threads that run from the molecules of materials and our cells to the matter of the cosmos, narratives telescoping through time and space and chemicals.
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