The central concept underlying my recent practice is to test and challenge the boundaries of what a photographic image actually is. My process incorporates multiple modification techniques to rework and enrich the original image. The work takes slides or negatives as the starting point which then undergo a range of processes as they are painted, heat treated or overlaid with organic materials. The results are scanned to produce high-resolution digital files that allow for large-scale printing.
At first I worked with my own analogue imagery, but as my technique evolved I began to source images from abandoned celluloid archives discarded as bric-a-brac. These images, from anonymous creators, take on a new life as I work into them physically. By appropriating them, I create images that contain only a trace of the past within. The work sits within the tradition of alternative processes as they strive to push the boundaries of what defines a photographic work.