This project is an exploration of depth perception. Originating from the dakroom printing technique of enlarger printing I wanted to see how I might boil the process down to its essence. By removing the recognisable subjects from the imagery and allowing the light to find its own path I could study the light in relation to depth perception.
What is depth perception?
In experimenting with this laser light refraction you become very familiar with this illusion of depth on a totally flat surface. Although you know this is an illusion it’s near-impossible to unsee it.
How can I frame this project in a way that makes people think?
Considering the conceptual nature of the project I find it very important that there coherency in communicating the idea. Maybe more so than the results themselves. In this way the project leans more towards becoming a conversation piece.
What can / have I find / found in my work?
As the basis is somewhat abstract it is important to take real lessons from it. I have discovered a new technique for developing interesting visuals and I found a new interest in light behaviour and depth perception.
Understanding the fact that usually darkroom practices in analogue development and printing is based on what we perceive as a “perfect result” or a “perfect print” I wanted to use “imperfections” as a starting point. Having always had a fascination in “happy accident” photography, double exposure and the like, I was looking towards the imperfections for inspiration.
- I feel I have truly explored and exhausted the possibilities
- The work sparks wonder in the viewer
- There is still an apparent connection with the original production technique
- My interventions in the original production technique have lead me somewhere new