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This is 5 layer gum bichromate with watercolour paints.
I am (and I was that particular night) mesmerised with the light from the street lamp. Everything around it was red and the rest of the alley disappeared in darkness.
In my new living place I finally set things right and after few mishaps with mixing chemicals, new pigment paints, expired gum arabic etc. and 4 ruined prints I am creating again.
After we have settled, I slowly begin with my work. Now it is the colors of my new home that influence me in a new way. I am exploring gum bichromate in color.
My work space had to adapt and I had to work outside my usual darkroom. Adventure in true sense of word.
My posts in upcoming period will be sporadic, because we are in the process of moving. We are moving to another country, to Ireland and that is a choice not taken lightly.
I am sure that this decision will significantly effect my work, but hopefully it will be for the best.
My intention is to develop few more negatives before we leave (I have 20 days for it).
This morning a post on Facebook was about the pianist Maria Joao Pires and her statement “The way you play is the extension the way you are in life”. I, as many other artists, find that statement expands the description of an artistic endeavor. You, your beliefs, your experience, knowledge, feelings, thoughts, you, all what “you” (or “I” as that artist) means, is present in any artistic creation. Art is very personal. It can be about something else, but it is always personal and every artist is in theirs artwork.
In the same time, it is personal for the viewer to. I do not like to name my photographs, because the viewer has to have the ability to see freely my artwork and experience them on their own, with their own set of thoughts, feelings, backgrounds, knowledge etc.
Sometimes I have to change the perspective, and the best way to do that is to travel. A few days ago we returned from one such trip. The whole time I photographed. The scenes were magnificent and anyone who is “friend” with me on Facebook saw beautiful sunsets and sunrises, little boats that are bobbing in the sea and so on. It is a photograph of the moment, travel photography and casual photography and I am very good in it. It helps me to step back and look at things differently. It is this shift that has helped me to understand a few facts. Now when I’m at home, only now I can create. My art has nothing to do with the magical colors and sunrises and sunsets, with sighs and applause of enthusiastic spectators. When I create I am very serious. My works of art, I create seriously. I can not do otherwise. A work of art is a part of me. During the process, while I create I do not even know exactly where the artwork will take me. After it is done, it shows me something about myself that I did not know until then. Maybe that are to deep words for allocating them to one photo, but it’s true. This is the way I create. My photos have very simple motifs, somewhat minimalist, because as such they say more than all the colors of the sky at sunset. After years of studying photographers, reading books on photography, learning the rules, I break those rules now knowing that I break them deliberately, whereas before I violated those same rules intuitively. The circle is filled. Crooked horizons and leaking seas have been there for a reason 😀 for ex. as in my pinhole photograph.