Chris McCaw – ‘Sunburn’

Chris McCaw’s series ‘Sunburn’ – painted by the sun Zen landscapes in black and white, produced on paper negatives with handmade cameras.

Chris McCaw - Sunburn

Chris McCaw – Sunburn

 

“In this process the sun burns its path onto the light sensitive negative. After hours of exposure, the sky, as a result of the extremely intense light exposure, reacts in an effect called solarization- a natural reversal of tonality through over exposure. The resulting negative literally has a burnt hole in it with the landscape in complete reversal. The subject of the photograph (the sun) has transcended the idea that a photograph is simple a representation of reality, and has physically come through the lens and put its hand onto the final piece. This is a process of creation and destruction, all happening within the camera.”

The series is published in a book by Candela Books.