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MATERIALS USED

Lumen print, unique, unframed

DESCRIPTION

My work is concerned with nature, natural processes and significance of selected flora. Xanthorrhoea resinosa (grass tree), is a useful local plant from the Blue Mountains region. During my residency at Bilpin international ground for creative initiatives (BigCi) I had the privilege to research and work with local bush tucker on the beautiful BigCi property, adjacent to Woolemi National Park. I am eager to learn about local plants, use them, and share my passion for nature and photography with audiences. Xanthorrhoea, for example, can be used for drink made from nectar; edible parts include flowers, rhizomes, seeds and bases of leaves (Caton & Hardwick, 2016).

Lumen prints are created by direct contact of plant matter with black and white photographic paper, and their exposure to sunlight. This process results in photograms, which present silhouettes of plants. Long exposures allow for alchemic reactions and traces within photographic emulsion, as well a sense of movement, due to the changing direction of sunlight over a period of time.

TAGS

lumen, b&wphotography, analoguephotography, plant, flora, Xanthorrhoea, grasstree, bilpin, bluemountains