Opening reception September 13, 6-8pm
Chris McCaw stumbled upon the Sunburn series by accident. Playing with long nighttime exposures in the western skies while on a camping trip, McCaw overslept, leaving the shutter open too long. The rising sun scorched the film and physically changed its makeup, signaling a new way for the artist to work. McCaw hand-built large view cameras (8x10 and 16x20), and inserted fiber-based gelatin silver paper in the negative film holders. Long exposures of the daytime skies created minimalist skylines and occasionally burned holes in the prints. The sun became an active participant in McCaw´s image-making, resulting in the intermingling of photographic subject and object.