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Ghost Flowers: A Botanical Catalog of Non-Place

Ian Campbell

Friday, October 13 - 11:00AM to 11:50AM
Embassy Suites, Fon du Lac A-C

Ghost Flowers is a series of lumen prints I made using specimens of "invasive" plants collected around my home in Southeast Ohio. These are non-native plants that the National Invasive Species Council has identified as being harmful to native ecosystems and/or humans. Over the summers of 2015 and 2016 I conducted a quasi-scientific photo project to document all of the invasive plant species I could find in my neighborhood. I used lumen printing: a camera-less photographic process that produces highly variable, painterly, semi-abstract images that challenge definitions of what can be considered a photograph. In this respect, Ghost Flowers connects a 21st century experimental sensibility with Photography's infancy in the 1800's, when practitioners first posed the question of where the medium fit in the continuum between art and science. In my presentation, I will describe the lumen printing technique as well as the conceptual aspects of this project. I will discuss my project in relation to historical and contemporary photographic practices, and focus on how my work explores issues of ecology, representation, and place.


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