JEREMY BLAIR | STATEMENT
I investigate the intersections of place and self by developing site-based cameraless photograms that reconstruct and rebuild specific memories, experiences, and figures from my lived experience. I create cameraless photograms on-location, typically in rural outdoor environments, using a mobile darkroom. I transform forests and grasslands into a camera obscura using a custom-designed light-proof tent. After choosing a site and constructing my mobile darkroom, I procure water from natural sources for my base and mix eco-friendly chemicals in trays inside the portable darkroom. I place foraged objects from the location on photosensitive paper, expose the paper to natural and artificial light, and develop the work through a sequenced chemical bath. While in the tent, I use a flashlight with a mounted safelight filter for working light and do not require any form of power or running water while in the field. I relocate my studio throughout the day, experiment with multiple exposures, embrace weather and light leaks through the canvas panels, welcome natural variables like temperatures and water pH levels, and develop new techniques that challenge photography's constraints. I inject new narratives and contexts into found materials and become a steward of the land while making. In this emerging body of work, foraged artifacts and found environments interface with light, water, and chemistry to create unique photographic monotypes that illustrate my ever-changing lived experience. I find affinity with organic forms and materials, observe vital ecologies, and participate in nature's symbiotic relationships, leading to an intimate connection with place, materials, and self.