Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based photographic artist. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Each photograph is unique. I came across her work when visiting Unseen Amsterdam and was impressed by a type of photography I had never seen before.
Could you tell me more about the works? For instance how did you come up with the idea?
”I started using this process because I enjoy working with light. I used to ask myself what makes a good photograph even better, and my answer would always come back to light. I used to make photographs by shining light directly into the camera or by lighting walls and corners and photographing the light, but eventually I became interested in recording light itself. When I’m in the darkroom, I am counting wavelengths and building harmonies. My photographic images are created without using a camera at all.”
Could you tell me how you make the photo’s?
”I build my photographs through layers. I don’t usually disclose my exact techniques, but I can say that I use anything transparent, and I work an image, exposure by exposure. Some of them have one exposure and some have 40 exposures. So, they vary. Sometimes, I even flip on the light in the room very quickly to get a good black. ;)”