Sewn sIlver based photographs

  Here are some images taken in low light of pre-developed parts of photographic contact sheets or instant film prints mechanically sewn over undeveloped photographic paper. Some of the pieces have been deformed at the top and fastened with the sewing to hold that shape to make funnels in some instances and some of the shapes have paper punch holes to allow developer to flow through the "funnel" or pieces that abstractly develop the new image exposed on the paper. If the developer doesn't touch the paper what is left is white.  Many of the final prints have a background image of the water south of the southern overlook of Gasworks park.


The sewing is done in a bathroom with the window and door edges blacked out. A red darkroom light is the only bulb illuminating the room.


Cut up pieces of exposed photographic paper are sewn on to an unexposed 8 x 10 piece of photographic paper.  These sewn composites are put into a "dark" box and taken to a full darkroom with film processing area and enlarger developing room. A negative is put into an enlarger and the image focused on to a test piece of paper, the composites are taken out one at a time, exposed with the image then taken over to the developing tray. The exposed composite is held above the bath and the developer is poured with a beaker over the print held at an angle.  The developer is poured over the sewn pieces directing the flow of the development to produce the best final indication of the history of the flow and creating the best  image.  Sometimes the developer is applied over previous pours to get overlapped darker grays and blacks.  Note the flow of the chemicals around paper edges, sewn threads and through paper punched holes.  Some of the earlier images with cut up smaller contact sheet images have white lines where the exposures were blocked by threads. These composites have been modified in a post developing stage and tacked with zig-zag sewing to pull the thread away from the white lines.  The two factory composites have many sewn line marks to further define the outlines of factories and structure below the implied waterline as if they are sitting in moats recalling paintings of factories from earlier this year.


Many of these photos were accepted for the Blue Sky's Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers in Portland, Oregon, juried selection 2013.


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