Adze to Coda - an archaeology of device - a series of combination photogram photographs - 1993 - © Lloyd Godman
Artist Journal - Lloyd Godman
I remember standing at the old fish factory in Port Pegasus on the
way to the Auckland Islands, about the earth was scattered the remains
of building materials and some old tools. On the expedition to the
Auckland Islands Chester Neilie had found a bone Maori fish hook,
which was reputed to be the very first fish hook found on the islands.
to Survival images where I combined photographs and photograms,
I decided to explore the relationship of tools and landscape with
a combination of photographs and photograms. I decided to do this
in a more direct manner- where the tools were not just an aspect
of the photogram, but were larger and created defined shapes on
the print that played off the rectangular photograph. I created
the photograms of the tools with a complex texture inside made from
two other photogram exposures - in all each print contained 4 exposures
on the paper. One to create the landscape image, the next two to
create the photogram texture, and the final one which created the
dense black back ground that defined both the photograph and the
shape of the tool. Each print required a series of templates and
careful calculation of the exposures.
the series progressed I used a range of tools shapes from Maori
and European to the tools we use in our age to affect change - digital.
From here I experimented with colour photograms in the Evidence series.