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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Heather Stratton

SPE Member since 2005
Member Chapter: Midwest

Lunatic Fringe: Moon Studies

Lunatic Fringe: Moon Studies

I am fascinated by the moon; with all of its lore, science, and mysticism. Recent developments in government funding, prioritization of scientific research, and lack of environmental preservation have led me to wonder what a world would be like if our environment continues to rapidly change--going unchecked by actual science and new research. The main issues I approach within this work are to address the importance of space research, and the importance of lessening the human footprint here on Earth and also within the universe. Without proper funding and governance to fight climate change, I began to imagine how the pseudo-science would look if one were to try and produce evidence of the constant relationship between the earth, moon, and sun. All three of these celestial bodies dance in a fine balance to maintain earthly life, each dependent upon the other and each dependent upon their balance and order.

All of the photographic images in this series are digitally archived specimens of simple experimental techniques--inside and outside of the darkroom--made in various ways of contact printing, lumen development, and solarization on traditional darkroom papers. "Reflected Sunlight" is a specimen of 28 separate 'lumen prints' made during moonrise through moonset with only the reflected light of the full moon in the Eastern Kentucky mountains, far from any source of light pollution. "Ambient UV" is a specimen of 28 separate 'lumen prints' made during the absence of the sun and moonlight in a metropolitan area full of light pollution, during the new moon phase. "Moon Studies" are examples of re-imaged landscapes illuminated by the moon, created through contact printing and selective solarization to mimic organic textures which in turn, become the new landscape.

Reflected Sunlight: from June 9-10, 2017: 9 hours, 15 minutes of Reflected UV

Ambient UV: from July 23-24, 2017: 8 hours, 40 minutes of Various Light Pollution

Monn Study #17

Moon Study #9

Moon Study #10

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