Watercolors

I made these photographs through extending my drawing practices of photographic source and photographic documentation. Thinking about digital photography as colored light within an otherwise dark rectangle, I took snapshots of light situations where illuminated images emerged from dark contexts. I used Photoshop to invert the colors to see the light that was not reflected back to the camera, the light that was absorbed into the subjects of the photos. These fabricated digital negatives looked like watercolor to me, and so, out of curiosity, I mimicked the appearance of the inverted photos on my computer screen with watercolor on paper. Instead of colored light glowing from an otherwise dark screen, colored glazes obscured the light reflecting off of the white paper. I photographed each drawing, put the photos back into my computer, and inverted the colors. I then printed these new images into physical photographs, which mark both the origin and the outcome of this process.