In reading the article about Richard Caldicott’s exhibition Photogram and paper negatives at Sous Le Etoiles Gallery in Soho, I was unfamiliar with the term photogram. After doing a little bit of research on how to create a photogram, I am even more intrigued by Caldicott’s images. Modern art is not my feel-good-go-to. Yet, when I have a bit more information on the artist and his or her process of creating, the idea of learning something new and fascinating draws me in.
Richard Caldicott is the artist who did still life photographs of Tupperware in the late 1990’s. The simplicity of his images is strikingly complex as you learn just how intricate the process.
“Caldicott composes his imagery in a painstaking
way, cutting and assembling paper in the physical realm before standing
back and assessing, then clicking the shutter. There are further stages: the
bringing together of two compositions in a single frame to create the densely
layered structures, and then ﬁnally the prooﬁng stage as a means of
enhancing and trimming, ﬁne-tuning the image before it is printed at scale.” (Jonathon Bell)
Knowing the process gives me greater understanding and appreciation for the artist and his work. Caldicott’s multi-stage process is as interesting as the art itself. His analog photography in combination with other processes reminds me of photographer Kelli Connell. She also shots analog photography and painstakingly cuts and creates a new image. Understanding the ingredients makes the final product that much sweeter.