The intimate nature of family and personal portraits is betrayed by the sale of old negatives and scrapbooks in front yards, garages, and flea markets. Often, these images are nameless and provide no clues as to the original significance or identity of the people in the photographs. I work with found negatives to create a speculative narrative of these individual’s lives.By printing on old phonebook pages, fallen leaves and cloth, objects that are bound to waste and decay, I seek to illustrate the ephemeral qualities of a negative’s subject. Manipulations and multiple exposures in the finished prints are created in the enlarger as part of the darkroom process. Found text from books, scrap paper and other sources are printed with the negatives to describe my projected notions of unknown people. These images, unlike conventional reproducible darkroom prints, are one of a kind.
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