The chemigram process is an equal mix of painting, printmaking and photography. Chemigrams are made without the use of a camera and in full light on silver-based photographic materials. And like any other medium, the chemigram's visual vocabulary is solely dependent on the innovation and imagination of the artist.
Instead of paints and brushes, or chisels and wood or stone, the chemagramist uses photographic paper, developer, resists, water, non-hardening fixer and trays filled with these various liquids spread out across a work area. Regardless of the age of the papers used, they must contain silver to react with the chemicals so that the process can be fully realized. A darkroom is not necessary because chemigrams are made under incandescent or full light.
Chemigrams are initiated by applying resists to the surface of photographic paper. Examples of resists are tape, acrylic finishes, and glue. Resists are a standard printmaking technique that inhibits and randomly allows the chemistry to work its way into the paper emulsion, producing the unique visual effects common to the chemigram. After the resist dries, the print is processed by cycling it between developer and fixer with a water rinse in between, in a series of similar fifteen minute cycles. Later on, dried prints can be digitally scanned and modified with a computer to adjust color and contrast and increase the scale.
In 2012 Liz Dahler traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, on an African safari and in 2013 to Namibia, Africa, to enable networking technology and teach elementary school teachers how technology can enhance and expand learning. Both of these experiences left lasting impressions. This collection of images provides a close up look into the Wild Animals of Africa. You are invited to take a few moments to engage with each photo and imagine the thoughts going through the minds of these beautiful creatures. Is the animal a ‘watcher’ or ‘being watched?’ Sometimes it’s not what the photographer sees, but what is seen of the photographer. What is the emotion you observe? Do you see a human-like expression? Genetic comparisons of baboons and humans identify us sharing 94% of our genes. With this photo collection, Liz’s goal is to uncover the common bond so together we can help protect endangered wildlife species.
Umbilicus is a creative response to motherhood and the transformative nature of the female body. The spherical form that appears in my work references the womb, the first dark hollow we inhabit. The uterus can resist or allow potential candidates for occupancy. Once occupied, the long wait ensues, and then - the inevitable surrender. The cord will be cut, but the tether remains. There is a sense of biology in my work, where organic forms meet graphic elements. These elements allude to the pull from the outside world - the man-made world, where straight lines come from. Some images in the exhibition began as lumen prints, born in the sun. I enjoy the playfulness of objects on a wide array of papers and the reference to historic photographic methods. I shoot film and experiment quite a bit with alternative processes. I like when outcomes cannot be predicted, and control is relinquished to the light.
Mircea Ouatu-Lascar finds great joy being outdoors to photograph nature, architecture and occasionally people. Although he likes to travel, Mircea enjoys very much photographing close to home, in our local parks and around town.
Looking through the viewfinder with the lens wide open the fences disappear, the subject comes close, and for a brief fraction of time the crowds also seem to disappear leaving the impression of an intimate ‘one-on-one’ moment. Bringing the viewer into the world of animals through his lens and his heart, Mircea advocates for wildlife conservation, care and education. Perhaps a photograph can start a conversation, which leads to awareness that grows into compassion, which in turn motivates positive action.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center invites all college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for an exhibition hosted by Viewpoint and the Crocker Art Museum. This exhibition, entitled Voices: Speaking with your Photographic Eye, will run from March 26 to April 26,2020, in conjunction with Sacramento Photography Month 2020, which is happening citywide throughout the month of April.
VOICES: SPEAKING WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE
Photographs capture a moment in time, speaking about everything from the quality of light, the action, or stillness of the moment, to telling a story. It is your perspective on that moment. And at the same time it can be the story from another person's experience. Whether you are interested in the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, or street photographers such as Danny Lyon, Louis Stettner, Dorthea Lange and many other documentarians, or Annie Leibovitz and Cindy Sherman who create whole characters, there is a voice that speaks to you in the images you are drawn to study. As you approach making an image or images to submit, think about what you want to convey to the viewers, what story do you want them to see? Use your creative imagination as you think about what you want to photograph and what you choose to submit to this Call for Entries.