1. Chris McCaw

    Sunburned GSP#190, 2008

    Chris uses giant lenses, many of them weigh­ing dozens of pounds, and aims them at a sheet of vin­tage photo paper inside big cam­eras of his own mak­ing. All that light gen­er­ates a lot of heat, and the paper inside the cam­era often scorches the areas where the sun’s image falls on it. Most of the expo­sures are many min­utes to many hours long, so that as the sun moves through the sky it burns lines and arcs onto the paper in the cam­era. Some­times lit­tle fires break. Photo paper isn’t used to all this light, and in addi­tion to flam­ing out every now and then it can do some wacky things with a process called solar­iza­tion, where some parts of the image are flipped from neg­a­tive to pos­i­tive. In a few of the images you can also see some rich col­ors oth­ers than black or white or gray in the dan­ger zone around the sun’s image, a reac­tion of the paper’s chem­istry to being used in ways it wasn’t designed to be used. 

    (Source: soenyun.com)

     
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