Solo Exhibit at Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography March '10
Irene Carlson Gallery Exhibit Review - Campus Times Mar '10 (.pdf)
Featured Artist Museo Digital Fine Art Media May '09
Focus Magazine AIPAD Preview Edition April '09 (.pdf)
PMA Magazine Feature Article Mar '09 (.pdf)
Camera Arts Feature Article Jan-Feb '08 (.pdf)
Limited Photo Editions Feature Article (.pdf)
Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography
consciousness |'kän ch əsnəs|
the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings :
• the awareness or perception of something by a person :
• the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world : phenomenal |fə' nämənəl|
1 very remarkable; extraordinary :
2 perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.
When I am in nature photographing I am in a meditative mode, I do not walk and photograph excessively rather I simply walk and allow myself to be guided into an experience in which I am photographing. This process results in the photographs that you see before you.
One of the things that I love about photography is its inherent irony. With the click of the shutter you can freeze frame a moment in time and as such call it a document. I see these images as “impressionistic documents” for they are more interested in conveying the feeling; and or energy present, than they are with the recording of a scenic vista.
We live in an electromagnet universe, and we are constant interpreters of the energy, so the images before you are my interpretattions of the experience I had photographing these images.
In terms of the materials I choose, most of these images are photographed with infrared film (and some with digital infrared). I am drawn to this material, because it picks up heat and light that is beyond our “visible” range. This intrigues me, the fact that this material can record and interpret energy, beyond what I am seeing, never fails to excite and delight my senses.
The photographic image has the ability to record a frozen moment in exquisite detail, to frame that moment in time and create a document. I always see another dimension, another realm in those moments. Through my photographs I try to see what exists between the lines, opening a small window, if you will, into those other realms.
I’ve always been drawn to the hauntingly beautiful 19th century photographic images that seem to transcend black and white, adding a mysterious dimension to the print. Towards that end, I have crafted a unique selective toning technique that I use to create gradations in color and feel. The effect is to transform the moment captured on film into something else.
None of my images are contrived. They are truly captured moments, very much in the documentary style, but with an impressionist lilt to them. I use infra-red film for most of my prints. It gives them a dreamlike, surreal feel which is enhanced by the selective toning. When I began creating large scale art prints using these techniques, the photographs became more accessible to the viewer, enveloping them and inviting them “in”.
About the process
I begin with an original photograph that I've captured with a 4X5, 2-1/4 or 35 mm camera. Most of the large-scale prints in this show were taken with infra-red film which gives a wonderful glow and luminosity. I then use a selective toning technique that I've developed to give each photograph unusual gradiations in color. Before the toning bath, I "paint" a liquid resist onto areas of the photograph that I don't want toned. The photograph is then immersed into the toner - or a blend of toners - and after it emerges, I peel the resist. If everything goes as planned, I am amazed and delighted with the final transformation of the print.
- Please note that if you are viewing my work on the web, (www.marcmalinphoto.com) the color may not be 100% accurate due to differences in your viewing screen.
- I now offer archival digital prints on some of my images. Contact me for more information.
- I also make large size images. See the murals on the landscape page for available images, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for prices