Household Specimens

“You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.” -Alan Watts           

In these unique cameraless photographs I abstract aspects of my life by putting quotidian items into a photographic enlarger. Light shines through these objects and onto chromogenic paper, creating an inverted, enlarged version of something many of us use everyday. I am in awe of the mystery created by these images, full of complexity and nuance I could only imagine - a collaboration between myself and organic complexities that began with time. In working this way the enlarger acts similarly to a microscope, and as the slightly-mad scientist I conduct experiments to gain information and show appreciation for the unexpected beauty within these objects usually considered for their utility.  

As an anthropological investigation, the enlarger allows us to see these objects indicative of our contemporary lifestyle from a new perspective. Through heightened observation of these quotidian objects the magical beauty contained within them manifests to become overwhelmingly real.

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