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Sep
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Chris McCaw : Sunburned

Sunburned GSP#117 (Nevada)
unique gelatin silver paper negative
8″x10″
2007

Sunburned GSP #155 (Pacific Ocean)
unique gelatin silver paper negative
16 x 20 inches
2007

Sunburned GSP#366 (Nevada/Summer Solstice)
unique gelatin silver paper negative
4 x 5 inches
2009

Sunburned GSP#283 (Pacific Ocean)
unique gelatin silver paper negative
20 x 24 inches
2008

Sunburned GSP#341 (Equinox)
unique silver gelatin paper negative
24 x 20 inches
2009

Sunburned GSP#65 (Nevada)
unique gelatin silver paper negative
16″x20″
2007

McCaw investigates the primal side of photography by using its most basic components—a lens, time and light—producing one-of-a-kind prints in which the sun itself burns its mark on the paper. The inspiration for this work was born of an accident of chance: While attempting to photograph the night sky, McCaw fell asleep and woke up too late to end the exposure, discovering that the rising sun had produced a violent change in his negative. Through obsessive experimentation, McCaw has learned to control this change to create unique, first-generation images that engage the sun itself as a direct, collaborative partner in the photographic process. As part of his process, he creates hand-built view cameras of varying sizes, designed to accommodate vintage gelatin silver black-and-white enlarging paper in place of film, with special military-reconnaissance optics to enhance the intense light exposure.

[Extract : S.W.G]

Chris McCaw : Website

Sunburned : Stephen Wirtz Gallery

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