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Art is a conversation, not only with its own era, but also with all that came before–– a dialogue in which the present engages the past. And like civilization it stands on the excavated artifacts of previous endeavors.
The Great French pioneer photographer Gustav LeGrey and his students took this embryonic scientific invention and transformed it into a new art. Forms and shapes of dark and light were developed from the process of coating cotton paper with albumen and salt, then exposing it to light through a glass negative. Though the images echoed from the physical world they became something unique and beautiful unto themselves. Those pioneers of photography experimented with putting two negatives together in order to add clouds or some other missing object to a print for dramatic effect. Those creative techniques were not very different from the position digital image making finds itself in the current conversation about what makes a “real photograph”.
Partially by design and partially by the limitations of the new technology the early works of photography excluded many details. The simplified image that excluded color and exacting detail asked the viewer to bring something of themselves; to engage their own imaginations in order to complete what was not revealed in the image.
Paris Redux, is my contemporary response to a city I have lived in, and loved, for over half a century. I invite the viewer to enter into a story about a place and time in which something always remains in unrevealed.
All these archival works on paper are printed on Arches cold Press Paper.
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