Comp 006, Comp013

Edward Ryan's avatar Edward Ryan

These images are the result of a semester’s worth of study in composition, lighting, and layering, a bridge from an initial interest in 20th-century photograms and darkroom experimentation into an exercise in layer by layer composition and blending. Though the production of images without a camera remains an interest of mine, this work is more about the essence of photograms than working with the process itself. At its core, a photogram is a photographic image created without a camera on light sensitive paper in the darkroom. But distilling this initial definition produces a guiding framework instead of a binding central rule, a tool that becomes useful particularly for those (like myself) lacking a true darkroom mastery. The aspiring photogrammer builds images with layers of light and/or objects, looking at silhouettes, transparency, and the interaction between parts of a whole to create unity and depth without staging a shoot. This work asserts that this same thing can be achieved despite breaking the medium’s core tenet. Removing the constraint of true cameralessness lets the images move past the technical limits of darkroom photograms without nullifying the principles that guide their creation, yielding multifaceted photographs that explore texture, interaction, depth, and unity amongst seemingly disparate or illegible parts

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: digital inkjet prints
  • Width: 15.25"
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 15.25"