My original Obscura series. This series is about personal exploration and experimentation. In my early years of photography, I was determined to learn and follow the rules, often obsessing over minute details of exposure, color correctness, tack sharpness, striving for technical perfection to the point of hindering personal expression. As an about-face, I gave myself permission to work in an entirely opposite way through this series. In camera, I intentionally blurred focus and overexposed. In final images, I left noise, hotspots, chromatic aberrations, foreground obstructions, and gradient banding, opting to shift the intention of my work to mood and ambiance rather than technical correctness.
All of the photographs were created at my property in Michigan, and the effects were produced in-camera using various techniques. With this series, I intentionally bend and break the rules, pushing the limits of the camera and embracing what might otherwise be recognized as technical flaws within the final images. My process of creating is very intuitive, and I find myself often working through projects for a period of time before understanding what the work is about and how it should be executed. This series was created and completed over a period of three years from 2012-2015.
(For information on purchasing images from this series or for a showing in your gallery or space, please contact Naomi.)