传统的湿法摄影 | 法国艺术家Christian Chambenoit

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来自法国的Christian Chambenoit有个中文名字,叫常易。在巴黎获取摄影及电影的硕士学位后,便以摄影为生,也常作画,在中国台湾生活了12年。2007年和家人移居上海。常易在上海火车站旁的创意园区,有一间自己的摄影工作室。他曾为多本国际知名时尚杂志与传播机构提供封面摄影并担任艺术总监,目前以自由摄影师身份游走于时尚、商业与艺术摄影之间。

传统的湿法摄影术进行的创作是常易摄影作品的一大魅力。来上海后,常易得知有人拿玻璃板拍照,心心念念要找的古法,想必就是这个。他结识了一个叫洋山的化学工程师,平日喜好摄影,所用之法就是火棉胶湿版。先在玻璃板上涂上火棉胶液,浸入硝酸银溶液,用手摇匀后成为感光板。待拍摄对象坐正,玻璃板就被插入相机,定格7秒曝光后完成。取出玻璃板,去到暗房浇上显影剂,除掉未感光部分的银颗粒,再经定影液,显像终完成。干燥后,再涂抹一层特制光亮剂,此孤版便可保存百年。

常易镜头所关注的常常是一些微小的生命,带有金属质感的小虫子, 蝴蝶等等。湿法摄影术给予这些不为人们所留心的小生命一种隽永的、画一般的美感,更仿佛来自古老的自然博物馆,穿越时空,呈现在大家面前。驻足他的摄影作品前,感受到的已不仅仅是粗浅的“复古”体验,而是一种神秘的、对生命的凝视。

French artist Christian Chambenoit has a Chinese name, Changyi. He lived in Taiwan for 12 years after obtaining his master degree of photography and films in Paris. He moved to Shanghai with his families, in 2007, and makes photos and paintings for a living. Now Changyi has a photography studio in the creative industry center next to the Shanghai Railway Station.

Wet Plate Processing contributes as one major charm of his photography works. When he came to Shanghai, Changyi came to know that there are people making photos with glass plates and realized that this must be the ancient technique he had been obsessed to find. He made friends with this chemical engineer named Yangshan, and learned the complicated procedure of making photos with wet glass plate covered in collodion. Pieces developed this way are all one of a kind and can be kept for hundreds of years.

Minute lives is the subject of many of Changyi’s photography works, such as little bugs, butterflies, etc. Wet Plate Processing gives these insignificant lives a sense of timeless beauty, making the images seem to come from old natural museums that stand the test of time. Standing before Changyi’s works, what one may experience is not simply the visual effect of “the vintage”, but more importantly, a gaze into the mysterious notion of life itself.

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