Using single-use plastic and natural materials gleaned from the surroundings, I make print-out photograms onto gelatin silver paper purchased through second-hand sites. This paper is exposed to extreme amounts of light, and then, archivally fixed in the darkroom. The sun’s photons are striking the paper with such violence that they rearrange the nano-silver matrix. This structural change creates light-ray interference sending colored light back to our eyes. The different color profiles of paper come from the now-defunct manufacturer’s different formulation of silver salts. This process supplants the original intent of the paper with the historic first methods of photographic image-making. 200 years ago, the inventors of photography were using silver salted paper to capture images of their world. I am using this process to create images of the world we are inadvertently making.
Flora, fauna, and single-use plastic mix in creating these flowers and landscapes for the Anthropocene. My intent is to draw a line to how we are creating our own climate. I am working with aesthetics and photographic material to create an access point from which to understand our destructive actions.