Parallel brings together the human figure and natural forms in a search for similitude, connection, reflection in both shapes of the forms, and the emotional expression they convey. The imagery and pairing of the forms is an investigation into the eternal, looking for the universality of human condition and its connection with the natural world.
The images for this series are shot on medium format black and white film and developed in pyro. The negatives are scanned and digitally printed to produce the enlarged negative required to make a contact print. The prints are made on Arches Platine paper, sized with gelatin. The Gum Bichromate emulsion consists of potassium dichromate, gum arabic, and watercolor pigment. When exposed to UV light, the dichromate will harden the gum in proportion to the amount of light received, rendering it insoluble. The exposed print is then developed in a bath of plain water, during which time the areas of the print that have not hardened will release the pigment from the emulsion. The finished print consists of three separate exposures printed in registration; each layer must be fully processed and dried before subsequent layers can be applied.
Low Tech will be showing at the Center for Fine Art Photography through the month of October.