images seen to images felt

 

 

 

 

Images Seen to Images Felt is an on-going series of photograms that I make by pressing light-sensitive photographic paper up to my laptop screen in the darkroom. They are direct impressions of images that I have collected from a range of online news sources. I turn these virtual images into tangible ones to facilitate a slowed-down way of considering difficult, contemporary events. Collectively, these photograms become an archive of loss.

The amount of pressure that I apply as the paper makes contact with the screen determines whether the elements in the photo appear crisp or more ghostly. These prints range in scale—from 2"x3" up to the full size of my laptop screen; the scale is based on the size of the image as it appeared in the original news story. In some cases, I leave the photograph in negative form; in others, I use the paper negative to make a positive print so that the information is more legible. I install groupings of these photograms in a salon-like manner so that formal and emotional connections can be made between images that might not otherwise be considered in the same context. Each installation differs as the group of prints is updated to reflect current events and is scaled to the gallery in which it is displayed.

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