Celestographs, Chemigram, 2016.
The term “Celestographs” was first used in the 1890’s by August Strindberg, a Swedish playwright. Strindberg laid out a series of photographic plates on the ground, hoping to capture scenes of the night sky. Of course, Strindberg did not capture scenes of the night sky, but instead created what we would now describe as a “chemigram”, an image that is created by chemicals interacting with photosensitive emulsions. These chemigrams are a tribute to August Strindberg, and were created by spraying developer and fixer around a variety of circular objects in darkness, before exposing certain elements of the print to light. Find out more about my Celestographs research project here.