‘Naturalis Imprimo’ explores the themes surrounding the nature of fixing a photograph, particularly concerning the motives that consume a photographer to make a photograph permanent. This fascination to make an image permanent draws on the nineteenth century race to become the founding pioneer of photography.
To investigate the fixed image through photographic practice, I have explored a wide range of alternative processes. Studying chemistry before photography I often combine both within my work. This allows me to make use of old techniques to address current problems.
Stripping photography back to its bones, a photograph is dependent on two things: light and light-sensitive material. In ‘Naturalis Imprimo’ I found both elements in nature. The work comprises of harmonious prints that I continually strived to fix. The balance between the fragility of nature and the scientifically rooted ambition to fix a photograph became increasingly important throughout the development of this work.