Monday, May 09, 2011

Mad Scientist / Artist / Historian


























Saturday was my daughter Margaret's senior thesis exhibition. She is graduating, with a BFA, from Alfred University this spring.


























She has studied alternative photography - with an emphasis on historic processes. She tells me that she knows how to make almost thirty types of archaic, nearly forgotten, kinds of photographs. I am impressed and happy to have a mad scientist / artist / historian for my kid.


























These are toned Cyanotypes. They are solar exposed and made with giant paper negatives. It's kind of cool, she starts with a digital image and then kicks it all the way back to one of the first photographic discoveries to make her images.


































As you can see, these are some big photographs. Huge, painterly photographs.

























Hey, that's me there in the middle, next to the gallons of milk.
Get it? Mother's milk.

5 comments:

krooanthony said...

What about those crumpled sculptures in the midground? are those hers too?

WondrousStrange said...

She gets her talent honest:) Great work!! Does she do gum bichromate photography?

belvedere beads said...

I asked and yes she has done gum bichromate photography. She rambled on about aluminum, and water colors, and trying to re-invent it with a glitter component...

belvedere beads said...

The sculptures in the foreground are by her friend Ernie Legg. They are cast aluminum renditions of draped fabric.

Andrew Thornton said...

Very cool! Beautiful work. I love old photographs. Just make sure that she's being careful. A lot of those processes died out for a reason... the people developing the shots did too!