Gelatin silver prints in ambient light
1991 - present, @900 one-of-a-kind gelatin silver prints
Gelatin silver prints in ambient light are produced with the naturally chaotic nature of light. The images involve no optics, no camera, no darkroom, working only with primary elements of photography: silver gelatin paper, chemicals, light. The paper is exposed to indoor/outdoor light, over hours or days, and with chemistries, timing and observation the silver develops not in black and white but in tarnished colors. The resulting image is the very object exposed to light, without intermediary, like Daguerreotypes and other photographic processes that engender neither negative nor copy. It is material photography, as in materialism, the doctrine that the only or fundamental reality is physical matter and that all beings, processes, and phenomena are manifestations of matter.