Framed: 38 x 38 cmMouse trap camera - photogenic drawing
Is one of the very first photographic processes, and although invented in 1835 by William Henry Fox Talbot, from Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England, he didn’t appreciate what he had discovered, until Louis Daguerre announced his process (which was quite different) in 1839.
Fox Talbot and Sir John Herschel were friends and colleagues and Herschel helped Fox Talbot find a process to ‘fix’ his photogenic drawing images and thereby make them permanent.
This series has been bought by Te Papa
As with the cyanotype process, I coat a fine art paper with chemicals – in this instance I create silver nitrate. The paper can then be placed into a camera (such as my ‘Mousetrap’ camera shown in the first of these images) to make an exposure taking several hours.
Alternatively, I may make a cameraless image by placing objects directly onto the paper and then out into the sun, making a cameraless image or photogram.
Photogenic drawing is the process upon which the foundation of photography as we know it was built – the ability to create a negative which could then be reproduced multiple times.