The history of photography isn't just one about how a culture redefines how it sees itself and imagines the world through images, it's also a history of the material sciences and how an expanded understanding of our physical world and its properties can be experienced in ways previously unimagined.
High Voltage Image Making is a developing body of work that started with the Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Other Vision Technologies, Real or Otherwise Imagined and has grown to include Polaroid Type 55 @ 15KV. Through the application of high voltage and various chemical agents, this project explores and extends the expressive capacity of instant photographic film technology beyond its ability to capture images of the world. These treatments approach the film technology as a recording media, capable of creating images from physical, electrical, and chemical transformations. The project takes its cues from artists such as Man Ray (photogram), Pierre Cordier (chemigram), Marco Breuer (scratched expose and developed c-prints), Chris McCaw (sunburned prints) and Hiroshi Sugimoto (static discharges on photopaper).
With your support I will:
1. Create Archival scans and Enlarged Prints for Exhibition.
Pieces from Retinal Pigment Epithelium, Type 55, and new works will be scanned, archived and printed for a confirmed solo exhibition at Transfer Gallery (date TBD).
The original prints from this body of work are relatively small, measuring only 3x4 and 4x5 inches. The detail produced by the film itself though is staggering. Entire worlds reveal themselves, but only when viewed scaled up. To get the full experience of the work requires the originals be scan at high resolution to enlarged prints. Some of these signed and editioned prints are being offered as rewards!
2. Create New Work
In addition to working on new series for High Voltage Image Making, I'll be producing new works just for you. Check out the rewards!
FEATURED REWARD: Woven Throw - $225
I was curious to see how well images from the High Voltage Image Making project would transfer into textiles, so put together a design file for this throw, made from the lead image for the Kickstarter campaign, and sent it off to the weavers who make my Glitch Textiles. I’m super pleased with the results and will be making this design available for a limited time, exclusively through this kickstarter campaign as a reward for backing at the $225 level. (see more images)
Electronics and photography have been life long passions of mine. This project allows me to merge the two in the most unlikely of ways.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Working high voltages is dangerous. There is a very small, but non-zero, chance that I may be electrocuted in the process of fulfilling rewards. I've been shocked doing this before, and was fine, experiencing little more than a surprising, yet painful, zap. Trust me, I've learned my lesson and have a healthy respect for the powerful forces I'm dealing with. I intend to live to see all of your rewards fulfilled!
All jokes aside, the biggest risk is that the rewards are delayed by a month or two due to unforeseen obstacles in production. At present, I have a friendly relationship with a print lab that will produce the archival scans and enlargements.
On the 3.25x4.25 custom originals, I'll send nothing but the finest, however the process is incredibly variable. When the time comes, I'll let you select general features you'd like your print to have, and I'll do my very best to deliver. If the original isn't to your satisfaction, simply return it and I'll create another one as soon as it's received.
As of February 2014, Fujifilm had not made any announcements to discontinue the FP-100c type instant color film used in this project. So long as Fujifilm continues to make this fine product, I'll be able to blast it with high voltage and slather it in all sorts of caustic chemicals. For your viewing pleasure, of course!
There is also a risk that your reward may get damaged during transit. Rewards above $250 will be insured. Those below, will not. However, all prints with the exception of 8x10 and 11x14 sizes will be shipped rolled with glassine in heavy duty 3"+ diameter mailing tubes. For sizes 24x36 and larger, prints will be rolled on a large diameter tube before being inserted in their padded mailing tubes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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