I have been looking at the photographer, Man Ray. He was an American, modernist artist who lived in Paris, France. He was an influential character to the dada and surrealist movements. Dadaism was an art movement responding to the horrors of the First World War, whereas the surrealism movement where the aim was to ‘resolve the previously contradictory conditions of a dream and reality’ – basically expressing unrealistic ideas through art.
Man Ray is well known for his photograms, which he re-named ‘Rayographs’ in reference to himself. His ‘Rayographs’ were negative photographs made by exposing light sensitive paper to controlled light with objects displayed over the paper, leaving prints of the object in black and white after going through a process of developing the negative photo.
I have responded to the work of Man Ray with my own photograms, using different chemicals and objects in the dark room. I have also explored and experimented further with the photograms by combining the techniques of Edward Weston and Maurizio Anzeri over the finished photogram. I did this by layering the photogram with acrylic paint and coloured threads.