Woman in the Woods

Woman in the Woods is a series of pictures I made over the course of a few summers in Maine. The model and I collaborated about a half-dozen times, all told. I was looking to tell a story that had gaps. That is, I wanted to make pictures that suggest a narrative without actually revealing it. Hopefully, it’s enough to get the viewer’s mind active enough to fill in the missing spaces with their own plot points.

I employed the wet plate collodion process to make these pictures. It’s a cumbersome chemical process invented in the 1850s. The images are a unique creations on blackened aluminum plates. The process is slow and requires me to carry a mobile darkroom. In this case, it helped me compose the pictures in a more thoughtful way than I might have while running-and-gunning with a faster film or digital process.

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