Alex Carmichael

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Experimentation with cameraless photography and alternative photographic processes has formed the basis of my recent work. I’m drawn by the potential for these obscure, anachronistic processes to produce ambiguous images that merge document and fiction.

In contrast to photographs, the finished works bare minimal traces of the world around them; they are the result of photography turned in on itself. In one sense they are nothing more than literal records of the chemical process by which they were created and yet, in another, they recall x-rays, scans, hallucinatory diagrams and shrouded landscapes.

This investigation into specific processes is informed more broadly by research into perception, pattern recognition, visual disturbances, hallucinations and shared subjective experiences.

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