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Anna Decombes Muse

Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes

In an age of disposable digital images I honour the timeless beauty and unique characteristics of wet plate collodion photography, where the complex process is integral to the development of each image, making it unique. I juxtapose myself, a modern subject, with equipment and techniques developed during the Victorian era. Each individual photograph has been handcrafted, shot with an adapted Hasselblad camera. Creating a single image is lengthy and yet urgent, as the image has to be taken before the chemicals dry on the plate. The second panel of ‘imperfect’ images displays the processes of chemistry and composition, and represents how artmaking is an explorative process.

Influencing artists:
Adrian Cook
Robert Mapplethorpe

School

Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

ARTEXPRESS year

2020

HSC year

2019

Process diary

Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes
Work by Anna Decombes