There is a simple, beautiful magic that occurs in the shadowy space of the darkroom. For the last seven years I have been interested in how to both simplify and confound what a photograph is, and this series is the most recent iteration. Materially, I reduce the variables down to light, silver salts embedded in paper and chemistry, the components that I think make darkroom photography unique. Yet visually, I paint with chemicals, creating work that is closer to abstract expressionist painting than to traditional photography, blurring the edges between the two mediums.
Note on the process: Each image is a unique, camera-less, lens-less chemical painting using traditional black and white darkroom chemistry and the chromoskedasic sabatier process on expired silver gelatin or chromogenic paper.
The work would not have evolved without the generous gifts of four of my photographic friends: Lindsey Beal, Caleb Cole, Bill Franson, Lauren Pascarella and Ron Cowie!