My goal with these archetypal film double exposures is to graphically depict our oneness with the natural world around us.
This project came about organically through my Nature’s Daughters project. I started to think about the terminology involved in the back to nature movement. Talking about going back to nature or out into nature implies a separation of humans and the nature outside, when in reality we, as humans, are just as much a part of nature as the deer and bears and all the other animals that inhabit our land. We are nature. Nature is us. It also seems to imply that nature is someplace else, something we must travel to. Nature is everywhere we are. Nature is in the forests and the rivers and the oceans and the deserts, but nature is also pulsing through our veins, and pushing up through the cracks in the sidewalk.
I make each of these images with a Microcord Twin Lens reflex camera, a vintage medium format film camera from the 1950s. Each image is created in camera; both images on one single negative creating a double exposure. Each print is created by hand in the darkroom from the negative. I have chosen to create this project with film because I love how the organic and slow process of shooting on film mimics the inherent organic nature of nature.
Your Art Supplies Exhibition
ArtSpace, 555 Asylum St, Hartford CT
Opening May 9, 2015, 6-9 p.m.