"The final pictures are the opposite of immediacy; they are unpredictable and susceptible to fault."
A while ago we wrote an article about Richard PJ Lambert and the amazing photographs he is shooting.
We're posting another one for his project called "Destructors" where he's talking about ways to mess around with chemicals
Tell us about the project!
“Honour thy error as a hidden intention” by Brian Eno.
I work from a state of perpetual creative block. When my pictures feel lifeless and contrived, I set
out to make a lot of mistakes in order to see things in a different way. It also serves as a convenient excuse to buy another camera, mess around with chemicals or set things on fire.
Through being buried, burned and boiled, the negatives undergo physical changes beyond their manufacturer’s intentions or the photographer’s imagination. The effects are random and chaotic -
colours bleed and shift, composition melts away and details are obliterated.
The final pictures are the opposite of immediacy; they are unpredictable and susceptible to fault. If I were to lay on the pretension, this emulates the ephemeral nature of memory but it is more likely to
reflect my own working practices.
The sharpness and spontaneity prized in the digital medium doesn’t really interest me. I prefer to
accept the things that cannot be controlled and invite them into my process.
Could you tell us more about one of your techniques?