Surreal Landscapes 1
These works represent a year long exploration into the process of creating surreal landscape images by using traditional darkroom techniques to transform common looking landscape photographs. The images were photographed on expired 35mm slide film and cross processed to achieve the unnatural color gamut and high contrast. The scanned negatives were then printed via a chromogenic process and developed in conventional silver-based chemicals. The final images were created via a process which involves several transformations of the original photograph from an analog to a digital state, involving a substantial amount of chance. By using this method it was my goal to highlight my relationship with the environment I inhabit at any moment and my ability or inability to affect it.
These works represent an ongoing exploration into the process of creating still life photographic images inspired by the paintings of Dutch and Flemish Baroque masters. The arrangements were created by the Pittsburgh florist and painter Thommy Conroy. The images were photographed on expired Polaroid 4”x5 film to achieve the unnatural color gamut and painting-like tonality. The scanned positive images were then retouched and printed on an inkjet photo printer. The final images were created via a process which involves several transformations of the original photograph from an analog to a digital state, involving a substantial amount of chance. Due to the shelf life of expired Polaroid film there are sections of the images that disappear or become barely perceptible. By using this method the goal was to create a conversation around the relationship of photogrpahy to painting and highlight the impermanence of the subject and medium.