Light Sensitivity

This is a light sensitised piece of paper from my sketchbook (very small sketch book, Approx A6). I love the involvement of my painterly techniques that liquid light sensitising allows. It resembles an organic type of conversation between my ‘painter’ and ‘photographer’ side. This is all too inevitable I feel.. I’m enjoying the collaboration of both sides.. At the moment I am pushing this experience into a more ‘intrusive’ environment where I am marrying the two worlds together. Does/Will it work?? I am pushing my boundaries so I guess I have answered my question..

This is my son Aaron on sketchbook paper.

Memory Loss 35mm Film  On light sesnitised paper
Memory Loss
35mm Film
On light sesnitised paper

This is a self portrait on light sensitised watercolor paper.

Jan15029 copy

From The Woods : Film Photography

I am preoccupied with thoughts of time and existence. I am not sure why, perhaps it is to do with my adoption and dealing with what that meant to me growing up..Or maybe it is just to do with my awareness of how short a time span we get to live on this tiny planet. It may be both..I don’t know.

Here is something I’m working on at the moment. I use myself in the photo as part of 2 life forms communicating with the surroundings within the realm of existence (the second life form being the long living trees). Thoughts such as the fading of time and of memory, the fragility of the mind and of life itself are all part of a reminder of sorts about what we are.

I took this photograph on my Praktica MLT50 film camera. (I love the this camera!) I used the built in timer to help take the photo but it was tricky as I had only approximately 5 seconds to get into position. It was a good thing too though as I had no time to think of what pose I should fall into. When I was developing this in the darkroom, I wanted a faded exposure so I used my enlarger to help achieve this. The photographic paper I used is warm-tone for warmth and authenticity.

35mm film
Selfportrait : 35mm film