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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Ian Campbell

Dark Water

Saturday, October 03 - 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Medallion D

This project was inspired by the Sea Serpent of Gloucester: a large, unidentified animal sighted off Cape Ann, Massachusetts in 1817. I recently traveled to Gloucester to conduct research and make wet-plate collodion photographs at the sites of these Serpent encounters. Dark Water includes these photographs, as well as texts, maps, drawings, and found objects. Embracing the imperfections and constraints of the collodion process, this project fosters a sense of the unknown by emphasizing the limits of photographic representation. My presentation will interweave fact and fantasy, past and present, melancholy and hope, historical romance and ecological reality.


Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell

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