Photographic Artist Mat Hughes.
Do Not AI
This time, this place
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
This body of work comprises of ten handmade prints and was exhibited at Tacit galleries. Working with traditional large format cameras, compositions are exposed on sheet film. My practice bridges traditional and digital technologies. These works have been printed using the Van Dyke Brown process patented in 1895. Paper is coated by hand with light sensitive emulsion, exposed, developed, toned with gold, and finally finished with a bee’s wax polish.
I am a pictorial printmaker in the traditional sense. Working mostly in landscape, I'm less interest in today’s tendency to depict objects more or less literally and instead seek to interpret the emotions, beauty, and impressions that a scene may arouse. To a large extent, the artist in photography is handicapped by the fact that the camera is essentially a very efficient copying machine. The artist therefore must learn to control the medium every step of the way with an instinctive sense of what is beautiful in line, form and tone and seek out the essence of simplicity and balance. The artistic process presented in these works cannot therefore simply be thought of as the automated actions of a camera. These works move across disciplines and set a place at the printmakers table. A sharp reminder that modern photographic printmaking that combines handmade tradition is an exciting place to be.
Waterfalls is an ongoing project started in 2020 with the Heysen Prize for Landscape, finalist work, Sheoak falls.
Read about the technical side of the process in the excellent online magazine/gallery, View Camera Australia. View Camera Australia is home to large format photographers based in Australia and is curated by landscape photographer David Tatnall. Here