The Visual and Dramatic Arts department at Rice University is pleased to present 'Sunprint Landscapes: Photographs of Honey Creek Ranch' by Garrett Marsh with an opening reception on October 26, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Rice Media Center Gallery showcasing images that have endured days if not weeks of exposure.
Garrett Marsh, a Houston-based artist, makes his own elegantly crafted wooden field cameras and then uses them to make ultra-long exposures of the landscape. Instead of exposing traditional photographic film in his cameras, Marsh uses paper, which he has coated with cyanotype emulsion. Due to the extremely low sensitivity of this emulsion, his exposures range from a few days to a few weeks depending on weather, temperature, and season.
This approach allows Marsh to use photography to view the natural world from an entirely new perspective. His images capture not split seconds or moments, but days of collected light. For these long exposures, Marsh set up his cameras in hidden spots in the landscape. They may be tucked away into tree branches, perched on cliff walls, or placed on carefully stacked stone platforms. The cameras are then left to the elements and collected when he suspects that the exposure is complete.
This exhibition will include several of Marsh’s handmade cameras as well as approximately 30 of his long-exposure photographs, which are the original paper negatives in their raw form. Many of these negative paper prints show signs of the extended process, a few have water marks from rain dripping onto his film during his exposures. Trees sometimes are recorded as slightly blurred masses, the result of their swaying the the wind. The sun, moving across the sky, is recorded as a curved black line on a dark field. Other images show blurs, as a result of an animal jarring the camera.
'Sunprint Landscapes: Photographs of Honey Creek Ranch' will be on view at the Rice Media Center Gallery from October 26, through December 1, 2016. The Rice Media Center Gallery is open to the public from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.