Process

Going, gone

 

I’ve been experimenting with different ways of erasing photographs. I recently left one of the experiments running too long, and when I came back to it the image had completely disappeared. Now I’m thinking about the value of the photograph without the image it once carried. Has the value now been transferred to the image of the photograph before being erased? After all, the “photograph” is now just an old bit of card. The image lives on in a different form, albeit as just a record of what used to be. Although, the same could be said for the original photograph.

 
The photograph before being erased.

The photograph before being erased.

The photograph in the process of being erased.

The photograph in the process of being erased.

The photograph after being erased.

The photograph after being erased.

Film decay experiment

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35mm slides in the process of being decomposed by fungus. The emulsion layers have been acted upon by the fungus at different rates, creating new combinations and colours that were never part of the original photo. The hyphae from the fungus give texture to the clouds of dye.