Emerge from the Aether is a collection of wet plate collodion images comprised of portraits and still lifes Dan has made over the past three years. In an age of megapixels, camera phones, and a perpetual stream of digital images, Dan’s exhibit invites the viewer to slow down and experience storytelling within the scope of historical photographic printing methods to a time when photography was still in its infancy. This approach to slowing down and having his hand present in all stage of the process produces unique prints that are both rich in content and physical surface quality, blurring the lines between photographic realism and painterly illusion. The aesthetics of working this way are used as a means to absorb the viewer in a narrative futuristic and nostalgic.
Dan Herrera is a photographer based in Sacramento, California. Dan uses elaborate means of image capture, composition and output that merges 19th century printing techniques with contemporary photographic production. His work explores how the aesthetics of process can used as a narrative element.
Dan’s exhibition record includes shows in New York, Los Angeles and numerous Bay Area venues including the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been published in The Book of Alternative Processes (3rd Edition) by Christopher James, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age (3rd Edition forthcoming in 2018) by Robert Hirsch, Sacramento Magazine, Submerge Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, Diffusion Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and Juxtapoz. Herrera has also been a featured lecturer at the F/295 Symposium at Carnegie Mellon and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Dan currently teaches photography at San Jose State University and California State University of Sacramento.