In NYC this week for work, and doing a little gallery visiting on the side. I’ve just discovered Chris McCaw. He’s been working in this particular style for a while, but I didn’t know about it. Of course, I love it–he’s dealing with time, the nature of light, the particularities of what cameras and lenses can do, referencing the history of photography. All at once. And the pictures themselves are weirdly great. What’s not to love?!
Here’s the backstory: McCaw is interested in recording time, as marked by the movement of the sun, and rendering it with a sense of directness and immediacy. So, he uses gelatin coated paper AS THE NEGATIVE. The intensity of the sun literally burns the paper, leaving solarization effects, wacky color shifts, singe marks.
So so cool.
His work has got me thinking about Marco Breuer, on the one hand, and Sharon Harper, on the other. And that’s pretty great, because I’d never before had a sense of connection between those two. Now, I’m thinking about assorted ways to play six degrees of Kevin Bacon photographically. Let’s say: Thomas Joshua Cooper to Mario Testino, ready set go! (okay, that one might be absurd, but isn’t that part of the fun??)