This body of work includes several unique type C contact prints created in a color darkroom using long exposures.
Originally, my interest in cameraless photography came from desire to capture not a decisive moment, but a time lapse, a movement or transformation of fragile organic objects caught on a light-sensitive surface. By observing natural processes of accumulation and decay, breaking things apart and slowly putting them together, I found an efficient way to deal with pressure and frustration that often come with set preconceptions about the final image.
Working with photographic medium in fine art, one has to consider all the historical connotations that come with it references to social aspects and artists responsibility, documenting true story, and so on. One of my inspirations was to watch the making of precious sand mandalas that take days, if not weeks, of intense labor, and, once completed, are destroyed without any regrets, as a symbol of impermanence. Essentially, even the sharpest, most beautifully composed glossy color image fails to represent reality because its trying to hold on to something thats impossible to grasp.
I started off working with recognizable objects that after long darkroom manipulations often would turn out looking completely abstract yet more appealing to me; physically acting on paper surface, they became tangible imprints of ephemeral emotional states. At some point, I realized that its more of a collaboration between me and my subjects since they became active participants in this process. Instead of imitating the illumination and depicting formal qualities, these images challenge the expectations and capture the light itself; they bring viewers attention to the performative nature of creative process and elaborate on chance effects and intuitive states of being.