2017 – 2018
Double dar slides were used with early paper and dry photographic processes, and then for gelatin dry plates. They were made of mahogany and often designed like a book form.
Odette England collects them and records the interiors, with their silver nitrate stains, and marks of constant use. Each one is unique, like a photograph, and each act as evidence of the photographic process. In photographing these stains, scratches, and scars of photographic labor, England Brings to light surfaces that show how photography itself makes images.
"Every time the camera was used, a small scratch or colorful stain was made on the plate, and that process happened over and over,” said England. “This is the story of the life of a camera and the life of a photographer who has taken countless pictures, who has been through this repetitive process of recording things that we don’t know anything about. All we see in the plates is the residue, and that's the part I’m interested in, the ‘mucky’ residue that’s left behind".—Odette England
13.5” x 9.5” image on 22” x 17” sheet
Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag Ultra Smooth