This new body of work was photographed on an island off the west coast of British Columbia. It’s part of new series using analog photographic processes to explore contrasts and echoes between the designed worlds of botanical gardens, biodiversity gardens and the natural environment.
Photographing landscapes is not new for me but looking more closely at individual plants, and then using darkroom techniques to suggest their invisible processes, is a new area of exploration. In pinhole photography, light passes through a tiny aperture to alter the chemistry of photo paper or film much as light triggers photosynthesis in plants. For this series I collected plant materials from the sites I was photographing. Using the photogram technique in the darkroom allows the actual plant to touch the photographic image and to leave its shadow adding a poetic dimension to the resulting images.
All images are chromogenic prints made from pinhole camera negatives printed using darkroom and photogram techniques. Sizes vary from 18×18” to 29”x29”.