Naturally Modified is a cameraless body of work uses light and color as instruments to reveal layers beneath the surface of our food. By utilizing color, the works abstract the viewer and remove the otherwise ordinary fruits and vegetables from their context. Rather than gravitate towards the current climate of digital, these images venture into new territory by using the old technology of the darkroom. As photography is deeply rooted in science; these images extract the camera and allow us to see the ordinary in new ways while blurring the lines between art and science.
The process begins by slicing a fruit or vegetable thinly as possible and then drying the slice before placing it between two glass plates. The glass plate is then taken into the darkroom where the image is exposed in the traditional manner and scanned to a high resolution which allows the image to be printed at a size (30x40in) immersing the viewer in the nature of color. As our food is more processed and more steps are introduced between farm and table, the color added becomes ironic with art imitating life.