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Found Paper; Decayed Emulsion

2011 - Present

7x9 inches on 8x10 Kodabromide Paper.


I found photographic paper laying on the ground in an abandoned hospital. It was under piles of fallen pieces of ceiling, rust and insulation. I took some home with me to use as scrap paper but decided to try running it through the chemistry to see what would happen. I did not expect much from paper expired in the 70s, but to my surprise, it worked! Although defective and fogged, I was happy to put this paper to use rather than let it continue to rot on the floor. The ability to connect to this place in that way was further achieved by printing the images I took at the abandoned hospital on the paper from there.

This series will be ongoing until I run out of the supply I took from there, or until the place no longer exists.

While there are many natural defects to this decayed paper, I further enhanced this by using my own experimental techniques to distress the paper further.

Cropped details from these prints: