Work for 221.271 Alternative Photographic Methods IA
Massey University CoCA 2013
Close up portraits taken in an interaction with people in the street capture transient moments. The art is recognising the ephemeral beauty in easily overlooked moments like these. The original photographs are taken on 35mm film, in comparison to digital photography each photograph turns into a tangible object, deliberate and considered. The receipts that make up each individual work are an ephemeral piece of each individual’s life, given to me when I photographed them. The cyanotype process is somewhat in contrast to these deliberate constructions. Each receipt is individually painted with the photosensitive solution, and the process can be quite unpredictable. The nature of the receipt paper printed on makes it especially so, and because of this, each print is a unique and unrepeatable piece of work. The imperfections in these prints give note to the transitory nature of the moment. These ephemeral qualities link in with the underlying meaning of my exploration. Reprinting photograms from these receipts is a further consideration of these moments as tangible art. It acknowledges and celebrates the flawed nature of the original cyanotype prints. Presenting both a cyanotype and the photogram replica of the image is giving these moments more consideration, opposing the fleeting nature of the photographed moment.
Documenting and presenting these transient moments gives them a new context as art, opening them up for reflection and giving these easily lost moments value in their presentation.