Echo is a
series of prints made during the period 1999-2003. Photographs
from family albums form the basis of this series; snapshots taken
on camping holidays, skiing trips, Christmas celebrations and
national holidays – situations that are well known for many.
The photographs are manipulated digitally, isolating particular
figures and details. These are then transferred to printing plates.
New scenes, situations and contexts are created, by adding, removing
or changing around the figures. Shadows and colours are added
with varying intensity. The figures are placed in almost monochromatic
visual surroundings. By working in this way, the photographs are
displaced from their original social context – they become
images of memories that might belong to anyone. The “staged”
scenes may appear to be harmonious or disharmonious – each
viewer will interpret the images in his/her own way..
Technique:The printing plates are prepared using digitally manipulated photographs
which are transferred to light-sensitive film (photographic polymer)
before being exposed to UV light. The areas that have been exposed
to the light will harden, whilst those remaining are etched/washed
away with soap. The photographic polymer film is laminated to
copper plates and these are printed as intaglio prints. The images
are built up layer for layer during the printing process, so that
they have a collage-like appearance. In addition to the polymer
plates, dry-point tools, templates and plates that have previously
been etched, were used. This combination of new working methods
and traditional techniques adds a poetic, yet realistic dimension
to the final images.
Watch the Echo series