Principles of Light – Fluidity
Contesting the static binary male-female classification, this series investigates the expansive grey zone that exists between the sexes. Whether hormonally, genetically or culturally more fluid than the stereotypical alpha types, these subjects seem to not fit in any gender branded boxes. This series by Principles of Light was made using wet plate collodion photography. The technique uses collodion and silver nitrate, two fluids which, when combined on a light sensitive plate, enable a more detailed image and greater depth of field than many other analog techniques. The intimate, gradual process of taking a portrait with this analog equipment, allows the character and feeling state of the people photographed to shine. Briefly, fluidity solidifies into image, before it inevitably flows on.