On 28, Jul 2015 | In Terra Nova | By Dan
This series began as an extension of my meditation practice. I love unknown and imaginary places which are often centers of focus as I meditate. I became intrigued by the ephemeral nature of fading blueprints and wanted to combine the terra nova of my mind with the alternative photographic process of diazotypes. In my studio, I start with conceptual ideas of unknown places and print out the framework of a map on unexposed blueprint paper. Then I handcraft the geography of these places by bending, folding, and crumpling the paper to create a dimensional sculpture, which is exposed with various UV light sources and developed in a homemade ammonia vapor chamber. The final unique print is pressed flat to reveal a 3D topographic map whose landscape features will slowly fade away over time giving the viewer an ongoing contemplative opportunity about place and the unknown.