My exhibition of image transfers on wood is ready. I am pleased with the result with all the imperfection that this media brings into your work. Zero photoshopping – I never do it – but instead hours of sweating while scrubbing the paper off the wood. It is this slowness, the surprise element and the lack of control that I so much like about alternative photography; wood as a surface is porous, dusty and scratched, and the vigour of your scrubbing also leaves its own mark on the photo. At times I use just the tip of my finger to gently rub a spot on the image – if you are not patient enough you will scrub the the ink off entirely! And at times you’ve barely started to remove the paper and the image is already full of traces from your scrubbing.
This time of the year may not be the ideal for this kind of media as it’s been more or less 40 degrees for a few weeks now and my studio has no ventilation. But the series is ready and my drops of sweat are happily fixed into the work and I have but a nasty prickly heat to remind me of all the labour.
Next in line: portraits on wood in cyanotype. Looks like I will be scraping, scratching, rubbing and polishing even more!
The exhibition “Quelque chose germe à la Folie du Baron” runs at Hotel La Résidence during 1 to 30 November. It’s a series of photographs that I have taken in the past in some Saint-Louis neighbourhoods and surroundings that I am very familiar with.