As a Fellow at The Union for Contemporary Art, I have been making works and expanding my ideas of camera-less photography. 

As an artist, I am interested in the past, present and future of the photographic medium—from the use of optical devices as aid for the realization of linear perspective to perceptions of reality conveyed by advertising/television. I believe that contemporary conceptions of photography are leading people into a hyperreality (the inability to consciously differentiate reality from fiction—no distinction of where one ends and the other starts). 

All theoretical art mumbo-jumbo aside, I create unique, one-of-a-kind photographs that challenge notions of what a photograph is. By definition, photography is a form of light drawing or light writing. Using this definition as a starting point for my work, I have been utilizing the photogram process as a prominent way of image making. A photogram is made by placing an object directly onto a light-sensitive material and exposing it to light. The resulting image is in negative form (the object’s shadow is conveyed as a highlight). The objects that I photogram are handmade plates of ice with plants frozen within. 

 

A plate used to create images in Joe Addison's photograms. 

A plate used to create images in Joe Addison's photograms. 

Joe Addison

Joe Addison

Comment