The Paris Positives Project is an extension of an investigation into a hybrid form of painting and photography that began as a student at Bennington College in 2007.
This particular project began with a bundle of a dozen medium format negatives found in the trash outside of a real estate office in Paris that was going out of business.
Holding the negatives up to the light I was captivated by their mystery, beauty and potential. I began a series of paintings painting these negatives by sight. Just as negatives show everything in reverse my initial paintings show bleeding black skies, stark white trees.
I then photograph these small paintings and use my unique development process (read: Photoshop) to invert all of the colors to achieve the final piece: a positive version of the painted negative.
The resulting photographs are then printed on a shiny metallic paper evoking the finish of the original found negative. The final piece is neither painting or photograph, it truly attempts to be both.