For Float On, Hawaii-based photographer Brigette Bloom soaks her film in urine, creating ethereal bubbles over a desert landscape in Hawaii. Before shooting, she will steep her film canister in a cup of her own pee, allowing the fluid to break down portions of the emulsion. After rinsing the canister and allowing it to dry outside for a week, she loads it into her camera and shoots. Bloom explains that each roll varies based on the time of day when the urine is collected and what she ate that particular day.
The Laundry Spiral, Bridgehampton,2008
Home Stills is weighted with a heavy silence, a portrayal of domestic womanhood that is both expansive and claustrophobic. Photographer Bastienne Schmidt plays the lone housewife in the series, thoughtfully adrift in common American landscapes. Each ethereal image is full of melancholy, the enormity of their spaces reminiscent of paintings such as Vermeer and Edward Hopper. Here our protagonist wanders a sprawling suburb made poetic in the dwindling afternoon light. The curling pooling of laundry could be seen as circling outward in motherly warmth or drawing her into the earth. Home Stills perpetuates this duality - daydream and reality, love and regret, joy and suffocation – all a perfect unfinished melody floating away in every frame.