Applying a lens to a lensless photographic process invites an appreciation for detail, like a scientist using a microscope. The magnifying glass mimics a petri dish, a place where cells are studied, altered, and created. The process by which these “cells” are created is known as the chemigram, an experimental photographic process through which images are made using resists on light-sensitive paper. Each cell created in this process represents a living organism, whether it be a plant, animal, human, or disease. These works expose our interconnectedness through a photographic scope, much in the same way scientists study our anatomy and cellular makeup. At a point in this process the outcome is uncontrollable, the paper and chemicals creating color that seems to have a mind of its own. The role chance plays in the work stands as a metaphor for the biological rhythms we are all a part of.
6"6" Chemigram mounted on wood with magnifying glass