Light can reveal or obliterate, and the same can be said of shadows. For me, viewing a negative image is an exhilarating act of discovery, inviting the viewer into a reinvestigation of the known. Objects once obscured in the shadows emerge the way colors arise in the morning from their black and white nightlife. Shadow secrets reveal themselves too, as the curtain of traditional representation lifts.
The first negative image was made by Fox Talbot, but it was Man Ray who infused it with the surreal and spiritual, allowing the subconscious to surface. However, as a final image, the negative has had a brief and sporadic role throughout the history of photography. It is inherently photographic and still little explored. I hope to expand this exploration.