When photographer Brandon Seidler began experimenting with chemical manipulations on processed film, he started researching the chemicals he was using to create bold and colorful photographic compositions. He found that the very chemicals that he was using were the focus of a chemical pollutant spill in a nearby area. In an effort to raise awareness of the effect that toxic chemicals can have on our environment, he fuses the actual chemicals with his photographs taken in that area to juxtapose both toxin and landscape in disturbingly vibrant photographs created from his film manipulations. Seidler recently started a Kickstarter campaign to publish a photobook of this work titled “Impure” where he states “If these are the effects the chemicals have on film what are the effects it will have on nature?” 

Text by Canbra Hodsdon