It was my very first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I couldn’t be more excited! Unfortunately, I just visited the “Shadow Catchers Exhibition” as we wanted to go to “Science Museum” as well. But still, it was one of my best experiences ever!
Shadow Catchers Exhibition
At the dawn of photography, various image-makers explored camera-less techniques, and today there are a number of artists who continue to challenge the belief that a camera is necessary to create a photograph. "Shadow Catchers" presents the work of five leading practitioners Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller and Floris Neusüss who, by casting shadows on light-sensitive paper or by chemically manipulating its surface, capture the presence of objects, figures or glowing light. The results are powerful images, often with surreal effects and symbolic content. In an age of mass-produced imagery, Shadow Catchers offers hand-crafted photographs that are both haunting and thought-provoking.
The photos above, are the "Floris Neusüss" photos that are mostly made by human bodies. They really fascinated me, as once I had an idea of such a project, but I always taught about how can I take the photos and I was thinking about using a giant light reflector, and capture the human body behind it. It was quite surprised when I saw that he did it without using the camera, and still, It's a photo, in the best way it can be!
Floris Neusüss is the master of the photogram, a technique which involves placing an object on photo-sensitive paper before exposing both to light sources. He has devoted his entire career to this process – developing his work and teaching the concept to others. The most powerful of Neusüss’ work in his little area is The Latticed Window, Lacock Abbey, 2010. A life-size window from the Abbey is captured on photographic paper using light sources projected inside, and it is both imposing and relaxing at the same time – complete with all the dust and scratches as proof it is actually a photograph.
The photo below had the same concept as our (me & Erica) project about Picturing Time! but the technique is completely different! It has an enigmatic concept and looks like a dream or illusion. I liked it so much!
The link below is a revealing and evocative look at Floris Neususs’ working environments and an insight into his creative ideas.