Fixing the Wind

These photographs are produced in the darkroom with physical objects – plants and botanicals placed on photographic paper and exposed to light. After traditional development with black and white chemistry, the resulting prints are altered further through a chemical process to produce the finished images, ranging in sizes from 8 x 10 inches to 3 x 5 feet. The title of the series has a double meaning that helps explain both the print and the process. In one sense, these photographs produce a unique and unforeseen vision of nature, fixing a peculiar and dreamlike environment for contemplation and observation. And in another sense, the process to produce these images can be extraordinarily finicky and somewhat unpredictable. As photographic silver and darkroom chemistry interact, the results can be as unpredictable as the wind.