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Jo Holland



Rather than using traditional or digital photographic methods, I work with source material to create unique direct positive photographic images from actual objects.

Depending on what the source material is, I work in my studio to create glass plates, often painting into the subject. I then transport them into a darkroom, compose the material within an enlarger, expose it to colour and light, and­ project it through a lens for a brief period of time whilst recording onto positive colour photographic paper. This paper is then developed via a chemical process and rinse bath.  

The resulting photographs offer a highly thought provoking and emotive image open to interpretation. 

I have discovered that it is both the transmitted and the reflected light that pass through and bounce off my subjects that is recorded onto the photo paper, and it is this combination together with a sharp eye for detail that gives my work such a transcendental beauty.

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