Variations on Strindberg
unique exposures on photo paper, 18×24 cm
Baryta prints from 4×5 inch negatives, 28×35 cm / 84×112 cm
During an artist residency in Sweden I started photographic experiments following the idea of getting undistorted, “true” images of the world by working directly with light on photographic film and paper without the use of lenses or any other devices in between.
I used both black and white photo paper and 4×5″ negative film, and exposed them with moon light. From the resulting negatives I later made analogue prints on fiber-based (baryta) paper.
These images are made without camera – not even a camera obscura. There was nothing between the film and the surrounding environment. The images are not written with light, they are written with shadow.
You might feel reminded of Greek philosopher Plato and his famous Allegory of the Cave, describing man’s ability (or non-abilty) to percieve reality. Maybe we have no idea yet of what the world really looks like, and all we see are just shadows of a distant truth.