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NEW FRONTIERS EXHIBITION

New Frontiers photographic exhibition explores the different perspectives of four artists using medium format film photography.

 

 

developing a concept

Initial brainstorming for the project New Frontiers went in the direction of “new ways of seeing” and “new ways of sensing”. I am always interested in things that can’t be found directly with our eyes, and using analogue photography as a tool to see the unseen is fascinating to me. 

The attraction I have to parking lots references this seen/unseen idea, as they are of non-place. A place of transience, like airports and train stations. Spending time listening and contemplating these spaces, I thought could allow for personal insights. On a location scout I was moved to investigate an inner city warehouse that acted as a parking lot. Graffiti covered its internal surfaces, broken windows and gaping holes in the roof gave reason for its semi-abandoned presence. It evoked within me an urge to photograph it before it vanished into complete ruin. 

The process of using medium format film has a tactile sensibility to it, and I was motivated to research ways to increase this hands-on approach. I experimented with practical effects including intentional camera movement, glass fogged with vaseline, and the manipulation/damaging of negatives, but in the end I let the process itself reveal something to me. 

Testing different films was a major part of this project and below I have shared the contact prints that were created in the process, as well as some of the images that I used in an experiment to see what would happen if I physically destroyed parts of the negative. I tried two different methods to create this sense of something being erased, first using household cleaning solutions and secondly burying the negative in dirt. I left the negative soaking overnight in the acidic soil, hoping to see some effect of this interaction with the layers of film emulsion.

The final image containing light leaks that were out of my control feels completely relevant to the idea of something being 'erased', creating a new way of seeing the space. 

SITE/sight/SOUND

As part of my process exploring new locations I practiced being open and receptive to the sounds around me. Paying close attention to all the different subtle layers of ambient sounds helped my mind to build sonic landscapes that spatially mapped negative and positive spaces within each specific site. This conscious inner and outer feedback loop added another dimension to the physical sensations and visual perceptions that I experienced in the moment. Even the most seemingly vacant and abandoned inner city parking reveals the subtle evidence of sonic life within and beyond its decaying walls.

120 film contact prints

Destroying negs/experimental

bleaching&
soaking negATIVE
in dirt

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