Diana H. Bloomfield uses the chemistry of alternative photographic processes like gum bichromate, cyanotype and platinum palladium printing, often in combination, to create photographs with flowing gestures and rich dimensionality . . .   

                                                                                                                                                  -Elin Spring, What  Will You Remember?

 

I began this ongoing series of my daughter fifteen years ago.  These particular images work as narratives.  Alone, or in combination, they have a story to tell.  As metaphorical portraits, they suggest  the essence of a person, rather than offer any literal interpretation.  I like to think of these as visual vignettes that suggest half-remembered, fragmented dream worlds.  They borrow from the past, my ever-changing and skewed memories of that past, and fleeting moments in time.  

These multi-layered prints (including the slight mis-registrations of those layers), and the frequent use of pinhole and toy cameras, offer a sense of movement and fluidity.  The repeated layerings are meant to add a tonality and a saturated richness, yet each layer added also serves to remove all the hard, clearly defined edges and sharp clarity.  A softness and ambiguity results-- much the way we see and remember.

The images are printed in historic processes (e.g., gum bichromate; platinum/palladium; cyanotype, and sometimes a cross combination of those processes).  The layers are hand-applied (brushed) on watercolor paper, exposed to UV light, and developed.  (See my How it Works page for more information on these techniques.)

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