The LDN series integrates the new with tradition – a marriage that comes together in the action of making the prints. For Cairns, these images are as much about the content as the layering of the process. With a profound interest in the history of photography and traditional printing methods, his practice is rooted in chemical-based techniques. These 35mm transparencies are part-developed, solarised, and then redeveloped before being printing onto pre-coated aluminium sheets. The spills and imperfections of this process cross paths with the finished image, adding to the aesthetic of his captivating project.
All images ©Antony Cairns