photo chemicals

The visual effects of chemistry and photographic processes are what initially drew me into the art of photography.  I still remember the first time I ever watched an image emerge on a sheet of black and white glossy paper.  It perpetually shocks me that I meet MFA students who have never been in a darkroom before.  To me, being in a darkroom is the foundation of photography.  I suppose these images are a response to processes that many people perceive as a dying art. Silver-nitrate crystals on an aluminum plate, splashes of developer, stop, and fix on fiber paper.  These are just a few samples of how chemistry and science are secretly art.