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Brigitte Carnochan

Brigitte Carnochan's work is deliciously analog. She combines natural media painting technique with beautifully composed black and white photography, primarily of nudes and flowers. Overpainting delicately with oils on her own gelatin silver prints, Brigitte creates luminous compositions, like the excerpt above from Rose Torso. Much more about this technique can be found in her article for Camera Arts Magazine.

The catalog from a current show at the Modernbook Gallery, Myth and the Natural World: Painted Photographs by Brigitte Carnochan is available. Brigitte also leads workshops at Stanford.

"I don’t feel compelled to imitate reality in my coloring—it’s very liberating. I am drawn to the subject matter because I find the formal beauties inherent in the human body and in flowers to be an embodiment of the spiritual. I use black and white film to concentrate each image to its most abstract form —and then I color it to energize it visually according to the sense of my own imagination— to make the image completely my own. I am moved by the power of the imagination, by the ways in which the it colors everyday life —creates, in fact, private views of experience, whether revealed in words or in images."

During a string of Fridays we featured a single work from a photographer, with a link to his or her online portfolio and a few words.