Thursday, 22 March 2012

Jessica Firbank

This stunning set is by Jessica Firbank (JESS_ICAA on Flickr)

We love the results she's achieved by soaking films in various liquids.

Jessica says of her work:


The experimental and unpredictable are important factors in the conception of my photographs. My work ethic is to breakaway from the technical 'perfection' often found in more formal types of photography. Through fragmented imagery I hope to substantiate a steady decline of process based approaches towards photography. 

For most people, analog photography is a relic or something their parents once used; an archaic technology now lumped in with yesteryear's sensations, like the rotary phone or 8-track tape player. Over the past decade, the number of analog film and manual cameras has dramatically decreased in favour of their digital counterparts. Digital photography has ubiquitous control over the market, leaving little to no room for alternatives. I believe strongly that photography as a medium should continue to evolve, but also not forget its foundation as an art form that existed outside of computers and digital printers.  While these tools only add to the wonderful complexity of photography, they can never replace the tangible and thrilling process of creating photographs in analog form.  Being in a darkroom, a space consecrated to creativity, is a unique and special experience that I find therapeutic. Unpredictability is one of the joys of film.


A selection of Jessica's darkroom prints will be exhibited at the Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London from 13 - 15 April 2012.

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