Witho Worms – carbon & coal prints

Cette montagne c’est moi

is about me. Translated literally, it means ‘This mountain that’s me’. It was initially an association of image and meaning that let to the subject matter. The carbon in coal is the same carbon referred to in carbon printing. Carbon printing is a photographic printing process that is excellently suited for reproducing dark tones. Moreover, the black triangle of a coal mountain silhouetted in the landscape is a fitting sequel to my earlier photographs of Dutch landscapes comprised of rectangles. For this project I developed a variation on the carbon printing process, a photographic printing technique from the 19th century. I took a bit of coal from every mountain I photographed. I then ground this coal into a pigment that I used to make photographic paper. I used this paper to make a print of a mountain with the coal originating from that mountain. In other words, the object of the photo, the mountain, has become one with the subject of the photo, the print itself.

2013 – 2016
A Forest Reconstructed

photographs on forestry in Finland, Sweden, France and Belgium
The landscapes I have photographed over the past years cannot be unambiguously regarded as natural or cultural landscapes. In the same way, it is not clear in this work what the most appropriate representation of reality is: a drawing, a negative or a print. Although the photographic image has remained my starting point in this work, I question the self-evident connection with the natural reality that it has taken on in our consciousness.

 

2013 – 2016
A Forest Reconstructed

One: a blank sheet. 26 white prints in three layers of titanium white on single weight baryta paper. 1 + 1 artist proof.

Two: a forest on a drawing table. A series ‘photographic’ drawings of 54 negatives, complemented by notes of measurements taken in the field. This series is presented as a hand-drawn sketchbook in an edition of 10. Each book contains a ‘multi-layered’ color carbon print of one of the negatives in a 28 x 48 cm format. And 6 ‘multi-layered’ color carbon prints without a book. Every book and every print is unique.

Three: a collection in time and in space is the last part of the project. In this part trees from different negatives are brought together as a collection, based on the concepts of time and space. Carbon print from a digital negative, 23×57 cm. Edition 3 + 2 A.P.

 

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