“A Suspension of Stereotypic Perception” is an exploration of a documentary subject using an alternative, historic method, the wet collodion process, which is a technique I’ve recently begun exploring. It is a series of portraits highlighting immigrants from Mexico to South America. It is a multimedia presentation with “up close and personal” large prints and video interviews, so viewers can hear the stories directly from the subjects. Thirty-one years ago, I journeyed to Colombia to bring home our newly adopted daughter, Mariah. From the moment I held her, my life changed.
New experiences with Latinos were revealed to me and I was overwhelmed by their love of children and family. Exposed to a different culture and language, I’ve been captivated ever since. The wet collodion process offers a welcome challenge. Many steps can lead to many mishaps, however, magic happens along the way giving the final product a painterly quality. Meanwhile, the look achieved when using a large format camera that is different from the results rendered with a digital camera.
This body of work recently traveled to Five Points Gallery in Torrington CT (www.fivepointsgallery.org/) this past August where I was on a panel with other exhibiting artists discussing our work, at Five Points Gallery.