Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, I attended a basic darkroom class at Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. I quickly became enamored of the hands-on photo-printing processes that my grandfather had used in his kitchen. When I started shooting with infrared film, I encountered new challenges with this light-sensitive film, including the necessity of a tripod and full sun to take advantage of the features of the film.
An injury to my wrist in 2015 prevented me from carrying the tripod and handling the darkroom easel. The temporary disability afforded me the opportunity to explore lumen-print photography process. By combining some 21st-century techniques with this 19th-century process, I have created many colorful and often abstract images of botanical material, which is somewhat reminiscent of my grandmother’s pressed flowers.