Brittany Nelson’s ongoing project ‘Mordançage’ – experimenting with toxic chemicals, misusing old photographic alternative techniques and her own process called ‘analog Photoshop filter’ to create bizarre and beautiful abstractions with fascinating textures and patterns.
“Every tool is completely rooted in the history of photography, but I’m trying to cause a sort of implosion on the tradition… I’m taking these processes and removed them from the representational imagery to see if they have any integrity on their own as surface…The abstraction is the easiest thing and the hardest thing to create. It is easy to create abstractions but it is very hard to create effective or relevant ones.”
Mordançage is 19th century film negative reversal process known as etch-bleach but when Jean-Pierre Sudre during the 1960s applied the technique to photographic paper instead of film, he coined the new name. Copper chloride, acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide are mixed together in a dangerous solution. Soaked in it, the silver gelatin paper oxidizes, giving it a degraded effect.
Learn more about Brittany Nelson’s working process at her Creative Capital Retreat’s talk .