This week, I started looking more into the works of Keith Carter. I looked through images in his book From Uncertain to Blue, and several series on his website including Imagining Paradise and The Blue Man. His work is hauntingly beautiful to me. In almost every series, there is a feeling of a time long past, a remembrance, and a sort of sadness to much of the subject matter. By only using black and white, it adds to the nostalgic and unearthly nature of the photographs, especially with his works using alternative processes like Imagining Paradise. While I have seen his work before, I have been looking closer into his use of color; the muted complimentary color work that is transportive, strange, and addictive to look at.
With his Wet Plate work, particularly his series Ghostland, it is like we are looking into an alternate universe. One that is still beautiful, but dark. The titles alluding to stories and myths, the images leaving our minds to fill in the blanks. Seeing this work has made me even more excited to get back into Darkroom, and learn the wet plate process. I have been wanting to delve into this world again, but haven't had much of a reason to until now - and I'm thankful for the opportunity.
Morning Rain, 2016
East of Eden, 2015
Homage to Bellocq