NICOLE WHITE // Blinding Light

Blinding Light

The Blinding Light work is still unfolding, but it is primarily concerned with the effects of photographic overexposure. My hope is to replicate the experience of distorted vision resulting from looking directly at the sun. Light’s ability to both show us the world and to blind us was the impetus behind these images. I point a 4x5” camera directly at the sun or at places where the sun’s light has a direct effect on the surrounding environment. The exposure times are extreme, causing the silver halides on the film’s surface to clump together and mottle the image. The final images are altered from the process and take on the appearance of a watercolor painting. And, most importantly, the sun becomes a linear, declarative slash across the picture plane.