This body of work was the first project in which I used the unusual process of Digital Negative Salt Prints. I wanted to use the juxtaposition of modern and tradition with both the young adult subjects and their formal poses with the use of digitally taken images produced in salt print.
See statement at the bottom of the page to explain my use for this process.
Hand Made Crafts People.
These portraits portray craft based individuals, whom have chosen to create artistic work the traditional way with little help from the digital, modern world. Each individual prefers the historical and time consuming way of creating work as the work physically becomes yours once you've made it with your own hands and put your time and dedication into creating something.
I became instantly interested in these individuals due to my need to create and combine processes and set a goal to find others that work in a historical way like myself.
The Derby Market Hall.
During my final year of University, I found myself wondering the narrow stalls of the Derby Market Hall. The architecture and friendly atmosphere welcomed me and I found myself researching the heritage. Little did I know that the building itself was built the same year that Henry Fox Talbot (inventor of Salt Printing) established the process.
I had to photograph the modern day individuals that made a living in the historic building by photographing them in Digital and printing in Salt.
I gave them all free reign of how they wanted to be portrayed and the outcome couldn't be any more welcoming and warming as the atmosphere I felt surrounded by them.
“Even as digital photography becomes the leading photographic technology, the alternative photographic process movement remains the main descendant of almost two hundred years of chemical photography. Because chemical photographs created today will be historical photographs of the future, now is the time to prepare the conservation and research methodology that will be needed for their long-term preservation.”
(Stulik, D. Kaplan, A. 2010)
My work fits within the ‘Alternative Photographic Process’ genre due to the process being an essential part of her photographic practice. I feels it’s important to produce traditional prints as I fears the inevitability of technology will overrule. The craft and skill required to construct prints with such historical importance is underrated and overlooked, thus feeling challenged to master this technique, with the concepts of my photographic work not only reflecting the method itself, with contemporary and historic context, but also being closely linked to the importance of this process.
The process of Salt Printing involves time, skill and dedication to master the technique, still with little direction to how the print will look. The vagueness of the final print is what first appealed to me, leading to the use of portraiture. It’s an unpredictable procedure. The uncertainty of how a person will perform in front of the camera along with the same uncertainty with the printing method, forms a relationship that has become the essence of why I feel it is relevant to use both aspects to produce work with.
The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary themes is the basis in which my work has been carefully constructed. By combining these, her work includes a range of different photographic techniques, by photographing digitally, creating digital negatives then produced in Salt Prints. My combine’s these techniques with the use of portraiture, exploring subjects with both modern aspects and traditional hints within the compositions.
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