Forgotten Histories – A collection of salt prints reflecting on the everyday, the abandoned, objects discarded and now only seen through the filters of time, the lenses of dust, ice, glass and failing memory.
Why salt prints?
In an age where technology renders the image mundane, easy to generate and easier to discard, I wanted to return the image to an era of magic, alchemy and the thrill of discovery that fuelled the pioneers of early 19th century photography.
Working with wooden cameras, painting salt and silver onto watercolour paper, washing with liquid gold, magical worlds become real, as if conjured up by a modern day Merlin, all the time looking with a slow, considered gaze.
David Nix – teacher and maker
Whilst photographing some rather lovely and neglected old tools in a neighbour’s shed, I was struck by the similarity of some wrenches to a small shoal of fish. Amused and intrigued, I began to look for, and find many more.
The outcome was this ‘Icthusian Fantasy’. Based on little more than a passing visual likeness, through arrangement, lighting and colour the heavy lifeless metal objects are transformed and imbued with the buoyancy and life of marine creatures and plants, becoming a bizarre and fascinating coral reef. I call the whole series Ghoti**.
** Pronounced Fish, the Gh as in enough, o as in women and ti as in station