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Film Glass

Once upon a time, when people talked about film they meant an actual object. Film had physical properties: it was an emulsion — a gelatin mixed with light-sensitive silver halides — silver halides that were coated onto a strip of plastic known as the film base. And when that coated strip of emulsion was exposed to light, the halides would chemically react to the light, creating an exposure of whatever image you captured. Today when we talk about film, we rarely mean that actual film material. Film has become something more like a genre. We tone digital movies and images with a grainy filter to make it look like film, but we still call that “film”, even if it was all done digitally. Meanwhile, the actual film material is becoming a thing of the past, whether it’s being preserved in a storage facility or gathering dust in a thrift shop. In this project I explore that concept of film as a material and what it means in the age of digital cameras. The film material I use in these works are all found footage — all of which I call “forgotten silver.” I repurpose the forgotten silver by altering its physical and chemical properties, and then mount the strips to glass. These images were scanned and don’t do the film glass much justice. These pieces are much more striking up close because of how they filter light. When these works are backlit, the light transparency gives them a radiant stained-glass window effect.

Project Roles
Artist
Company
Self Employed
Skills
Film, Filmmaking
Media
Experimental Films
Project Industries
Media
Film Glass
Film Glass