How does our awareness and acceptance of the fragility of life and the impermanence of bodily experience inform what we choose to look at? Created during the aftershocks of concurrent health challenges presented in my own life and in the lives of several family members and friends, this series seeks to consider how the simultaneously delicate and resilient nature of film echoes and mirrors that of the body and the environment.
These black and white cameraless photographs are created by placing previously unexposed 4x5 sheet film outdoors and then exposing the film to the light of the sun and moon over extended periods of time. The wind, rain, ice and snow alter the film, depending on the season, pushing and pulling the delicate silver emulsion on the surface and leaving time and place-specific impressions. The film may also record the physical remains of wildlife found in the environment where the negative is being created - a starling frozen in winter, a woodpecker electrocuted by overhead power lines, the ancient freshwater Byrozoan. Debris accumulates, bodily fluids putrefy on the surface and weather tears at the emulsion.
Over time, these deteriorating effects are recorded into the light-sensitive silver film emulsion. This film is then processed alternatively, scanned and digitally printed on a large scale. Both delicate and resilient, the film surface in this ongoing series acts an imprint of the fragile body and a map-like record of a particular time and place.
Print edition: 24x30 inches