The Fabrication of Space series is an investigation into our perception of space and light within the unified surface of the two-dimensional silver gelatin print through a combination of photographic imagery and post exposure photochemical mark making.
I create and photograph arrangements of white paper using a view camera and monochromatic film. The corresponding straight silver gelatin print then becomes the launching point for spatial play, illusion and interpretation by employing unique toning methods and hand drawn chemical line work in an iterative bleach/redevelop process that embraces chance and premeditation simultaneously.
I have chosen to retain the purity and integrity of the print surface, constraining the mark making to those that only alter the silver particles within the surface of the print. By maintaining the unified surface, I am placing the photographic imagery on the same plane as the post-exposure alterations. This self-imposed limitation also encourages the development of new ways and tools to work the print, blurring the lines between photography and printmaking.
Each final print is a unique record of this printing performance.