Chemigraphia

The word photography refers to writing or drawing with light. In these images, I have done my drawing with chemicals, using photographic developer and fixer on photographic paper in combination with resists of various kinds. The type of paper and the type of resist play a significant role in the sort of patterns that develop and the colors achieved. The action of ambient light on the paper during the process - done outside the dark room in ordinary indoor conditions - also plays a role in color development. This fascinating process appeals to the mad scientist in me as I plunder the house looking for new resists to try, and as I ponder the various factors that I can use to vary the result. The process defies control - I do not command, I observe and respond to the actions of my chemical partners as they pursue their own nature and destiny.