Elke Van Der Kelen

Photography

I was introduced to the world of chemigrams by Pierre Cordier who showed me the hidden beauty of traditional photo paper and the endless possibilities it carries within.

Chemigrams are created by applying a sticky substance such as varnish, honey or lipstick on the surface of the photosensitive paper. Then the paper is alternately passed into the fixative and the developer baths until the desired result is reached. Amazingly all this can happen in plain daylight.

Fascinated by the magic of this process, I have continued my experiments. Using stencils to apply varnish only to specific areas, or letting photosensitive paper run through an inkjet printer it is possible to reach very specific effects.

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