“Pieces of Millie” and Self-Portrait series
This body of work began as an experiment with photographic processes. A few years ago I began manipulating old negatives, investigating various printing techniques to see how I could alter the result of the standard black and white silverprint. I was striving to create prints that felt a bit removed from reality. I had a vision of a ghostly, slightly veiled world and I was searching for a way to convey this world to others. I realized that by transferring the negatives from film to paper, I was able to create images that appeared far removed from the original scenes in which they were shot. The beauty of the paper negative was that I was able to print through the fibers and texture of the paper, rather than the smooth surface of film to achieve the distant and blurred images that I had envisioned.
Suddenly, my pictures seemed freed from any context. It didn’t matter when or where, or of whom, my pictures were taken. They bring the viewer somewhere else. The women who appear are no longer the friends I had photographed. They have become familiar strangers to whom I have given a new and different life.
Since my first body of experimental work, I have been striving to enhance the mysteriousness of the places created and move my scenes further into this other world. As imaginary as they might seem, there is still something oddly reminiscent of a certain place or time for me. They serve as small windows into places where I feel as though I may have once been, and one that I could almost recreate. My pictures are slices of a story that has not yet been brought to fruition—small glimpses of a place that reveals itself to me print by print.
Jaclyn Salvaggio Kain
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Pieces of Millie