Marking Time: Chris McCaw Lets the Sun Burn His Photographs
Artist Chris McCaw works with a manually modified large format camera, loading vintage photo paper in place of film, and letting the sun come through the lens to physically burn the paper. This analog photographic method holds the unique documentary aspects of photography, as it captures the day and night of a distinct time and place. The passage of time is also recorded on the vintage paper, marked through varying levels of sunlight throughout the day.
"I expect a magical scene to appear, but it is not just vague waiting. I study meticulously. To obtain the traces of the rising and setting sun, you must personally travel to that time and space. It cannot be manipulated. And I just love that process." —Chris McCaw
Marking Time is published by Datz Press. In conjunction with the FOG Design+Art, PhotoAlliance and Haines Gallery on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 2pm PST at the
Bayfront Theater (BATS Improv) at Fort Mason, San Francisco.