Hands 1997

This series is alchemical, the result of a process I can’t explain. I took very old photo paper and poured developer over it in a tray in the dark, then poured the developer off, and stood the tray in a corner in the darkroom so it was fogging under a safelight while I did other work. I poured the developer over the paper a few more times over several hours, then at some point I placed my hand on the paper. Either the heat activated the developer, or the hand oils functioned as a resist, somehow a handprint would materialize. I think these images are reminiscent of aural photography, or the hands that American Indians left on walls in the desert. The paper was never exposed to any light other than a safelight.

All images are on 11 x 14 inch silver gelatin paper.