Pack (2018-) is a series that explores our complex relationships to images. Every process that produces an image, I find, are incredibly fascinating processes. Whether it be activated silver on gelatin producing a negative, binary converted to pixels that we understand as images, or inkjet printers spraying minuscule pigment particles onto paper, we take these processes for granted. We disregard them when we view images. The first piece in this series is a cigarette pack that's surface was sanded, coated with cyanotype chemicals, and then exposed and washed. The end result is a Prussian blue 120mm contact print that seems out of place in a couple of ways. First, the image is entirely blue, removing the familiarity of color. Additionally, the photo is printed on a cigarette pack, once again removing familiarity, but this time of the physicality in which we view photographs (prints, polaroids, screens, or other). Finally, the title, Pack, is purposely vague, steering away from the explicitness of the term 'cigarette pack'
When we look at photographs, we look at their content, but rarely take into account the form in which they appear to us. Next time you look at a photo, think about how you are seeing it, and the historical context and significance of that material.