Water Photogram

Water Photograms

Camera-less Photography

 19th January 2017

This project focuses on the reproduction of images, the movement of water and the shadows that are created within the water. The creations are taken within a dark room without the use of a camera, instead I opted for a flashgun, light sensitive paper, water and chemicals to reveal the image. The images capture the relationship between light, shadow and water, imprinting the forms and marks created by the movement of the water.

'...In photography, process reproduction can bring out those aspects of the original that are unattainable to the naked eye yet accessible to the lens, which is adjustable and chooses its angle at will.'
(Benjamin and Underwood, 2008)

Photography is a reproduction of an area/place/object in which when you capture something, you replicate this area by freezing the location within an image. You are able to see the location without the camera and by taking a picture, this is then replicated into an art form. Within my series I reveal something that you don't necessarily see through the naked eye. We can see ripples in water, but we are unable to pause this and really focus on the pattern without having something such as a camera to really see this. I went a step forward and took out the camera completely exploring a way that we are able to view something that we don't necessarily see through the human eye without the use of a camera. This however is still a reproduction of the ripples in the water, as I am still capturing how the water moves. We can't fully see this without a device, however, I have printed it onto paper in which we then are able to see the patterns created of the water movement. This is a reproduction but one that cannot be created again. The image can be technically reproduced, such as digitally scanning in my darkroom experiments, but the original is the only real capture.

As the water movement changes constantly it reveals a different pattern and direction each time. I like the idea of producing original work that cannot be captured again, such as water photograms. Each image is one of a kind and even though the images are similar, they cannot be replicated. 

Six images in the series focusing on water movement and the patterns created.