’integral figures’ 2017-ONGOING
These images are an exploration into the significance of creating an immediate positive image, or single copy of a portrait, is in a contemporary photographic world. I’m intrigued by the first photographic process of the daguerreotype and the fact that there could only ever be one. Akin to painting a portrait, the process required material, the patience of the sitter and a gaze - resulting in a completely unique composition that was produced in the presence of those who had partaken in its creation. Integral Figures started with the idea that by executing a process where every step is given equal importance, a ritual can be formed that will ground my practice. Each image combines the effort and energy of the photographer, sitter, camera, film negative, film positive, and processor. An undeniable object, the photograph exists as pen ink or paint would when brushed on paper.