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April 08, 2003
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Too early to show maybe. Too early to talk about it at all. Just grasping the idea, really. Ideas of images that focus on exposure rather than a composition of the image, really. There is now a series of seven 4x5 polaroid photogram images. I only scanned three of the seven so far, it takes time to scan them well enough. Here are the low resolution previews. These three are the darkest ones, they are the ones that barely saw any . They are the ones that I barely saw when I was making them.
I was in the darkest room. I did not attempt to make it even darker than it actually was. It felt as if there were no at all, as if the room were enveloped in darkness. It took several minutes to get used to the darkness. And this is when the little crack between the door and the frame turned into a major source, this is when things became more and more visible. This is when it was time to end the exposure on the images.
There is a fast way of taking photographs. There is a way to expose things for 1/6000 of a second, or less... Each photogram here is several minutes of perceived darkness... of sensing, waiting, thinking, wondering if the time was too much or too little. Photograms created in a very dark, not very interesting place. The images are particularly interesting when examined close up. Maybe I will zoom in on details...
There was no lens involved here, no camera. Not even a camera obscura...
Hmm... pure chemical photography.



Posted by: em!ly on April 8, 2003 09:57 PM

There was a gallery show last month of some guy who was doing this very thing, very colorful. The image reproduced in the New Yorker looked pretty interesting. Wish I could drudge up his name and what gallery. For all I know, he could still be showing. Damn my scattered mind.

Posted by: Todd on April 10, 2003 12:20 PM

uhhhhhh... that looks like a n-n-nose in the middle of that circle.

at least i hope it is.

Posted by: - s - on April 20, 2003 04:39 PM

hmm, am not sure what it is... (nothing bad...)
: )

and thank you for the tip, Todd.
: )

Posted by: witold on April 20, 2003 04:44 PM

i want to know the medium for photogramming. what kind of chemical? or other liquid mediator?
ussually i use common developer, fixer and stop bath.
can you send me an articel or your experimental images for our community?


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Posted by: nakula on October 1, 2003 12:06 PM
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