Written and photographed by Caitlin Preece
In my third year studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Art, I have been primarily working with analogue photographic processes. I shoot with black and white film on my manual 1970’s film camera, develop the film in my bathroom at home, and then produce 8×10 prints in the darkroom at uni.
My work captures the light and the dark within the things I see. I am fascinated in how light interacts with people, objects and places (both in and outside the studio environment). I capture light, shadow, reflection, transparency, depth and perceive them as visual metaphors for vulnerability, intimacy, mystery, self-reflection, darkness, beauty and hope. The analogue process is meditative and immersive, the formality in composition is ordered, the light is controlled or uncontrolled, the abstractions are mysterious or surreal. My aim is for the compositions and elements in my photographs to reflect my own perception, experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
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