CHROMOGENESIS – “PRACTICING PHOTOGRAPHY [PAINTING?] BY OTHER MEANS”
I have always found the alchemical magic of the photographic darkroom to be the most exhilarating moments in the photographic process and ‘Chromogenesis’ has evolved to make this the subject of my work. My interventions are gestural and drawn directly from the actions of traditional darkroom developing. At first glance appearing abstract, perhaps reminiscent of landscapes, these images are representational, but not of place, rather of a call and response between material and gesture.
Process is important to me, it satisfies my curiosity and sense of playfulness, connecting with my inner child, allowing me to experience the alchemical magic that inhabits analogue photographic materials. I am also fascinated by the aesthetic quality of the materials I work with, revealing the inner landscape that is a manifestation of both the process and the materials own physical character. I love the imperfections, the merging of what comes from me and what comes from the material. I specifically work with obsolete colour photographic papers and films that are decades old, which might otherwise be discarded. Being able to transform them into something new, not through any sense of nostalgia, rather a desire to breathe new life into them, fills me with joy.