Sunday, December 12, 2010

Salina Ellis presents Mary Frey

I was drawn to this artist because of her work with nature. This series is called Imagining Fauna and it depicts animals separate from any environment. The detail she achieves is extremely striking. Each image is a close up of either a bird, or other animal (only 8 out of 20 are not birds). While intimate close ups, because they lack any environmental information, they retain mystery.

She uses a wet plate process “with 21st century technologies”. She begins with shots taken with a digital camera. She converts the files to a black and white transparency and exposes them in an enlarger onto black glass. This interests me because it is almost the reverse process of what one would think of when you mention merging analog and digital. Once on glass, the negative is backed with black to appear positive.

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