Any photographer that uses film will have have, at some point, been struck by how much more beautiful the negatives can be than the photo themselves – particularly the medium format variety. Brea Souders, whose work you may remember from that iconic Creative Review cover of the girl with the sunburnt back, has noticed the beauty in these cast-off negatives and embarked on a new project, using them to make some very striking collages.
These are not merely bits of aesthetic pleasure, the real fun lies in how each image is created – in a game of chance and electricity, overseen by Brea herself. “These images are made of cut-outs from my film archives, dating back 10 years. Pieces of positive and negative film are scattered onto sheets of acetate. Static electricity determines which pieces appear in the final image, as some fall to the ground and others cling to the surface.”
If you haven’t already, check out Brea’s website – her fast-growing list of diverse photography projects are an absolute joy and we can’t wait to see what she does next. Watch this space!