I took this for an assignment where we had to represent another artist’s work through a self portrait and my artist was Ellen Rogers. I then mordancaged my photo and the color of the paper changed because I developed this image in the darkroom on fiber based photo paper.
This is my Mordancage print. Mordancage is basically a process that distorts and bubbles up the exposed silver on your photo paper and makes it look like a veil. It’s really cool and it’s, like my teacher said, “photo voodoo magic”. You put the print made on RC paper in a bleach mixture and that turns your paper a kind of olive color and then you take it out when the black/olive veils the way you want and wash it. After that you put your print in developer and it makes the olive parts black again and you can take it out when there’s still some olive (that then turns to gold) or when it’s all black. I’m really proud of this print and I feel like it’s the best one I have made this semester so far. The way I picked up the paper determined the way the veils would sway so I made sure I picked it up on it’s side to give it that swooping wave-like effect.
This is a photo I took during the summer. I painted my model’s face with acrylic paint and put glitter on her eyebrows (the photos will be posted as soon as I edit them) and unfortunately they irritated her eyes and skin. I felt really terrible, she has been such a good model for me for over a year now. I took this photo when I told her to go far out into the water and go in. She felt uncomfortable so she came back up and I decided to hit the shutter button. I like how her figure is androgynous and you can clearly see the details of the clouds. I took this with a Holga and used a tripod.
This is my self portrait. I actually took this in my best friend’s garden and I had really bad neck cramps the next day from laying down and holding my head up to the small leaf. I used a mirror and a tripod since I don’t have a remote. It was pretty fun. I painted my face with layers and layers of eyeliner gel and I put on fake eyelashes and a whole outfit that I didn’t even show off in any of my photos. I wanted to make sure everything was right just in case I took a photo from a different angle. I like how mysterious and dark this came out. That seems to be my style when you look at the rest of my art.