Investigating the spherical nature of light through large format DCG emulsions on glass

August Muth
The Light Foundry, United States

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This paper will address the motivations that drive my current work in the fabrication of non-digital dichromated gelatin holograms laminated in glass. My intent in much of my work is to materialize a tactile manifestation of light-space. How this light-space is perceived by the viewer has supplied much of my creative stimulus. The utilization of DCG emulsions is an essential component in my work. The fabrication of my holograms is accomplished through a variety of techniques which may include atypical emulsion coating methods, unorthodox exposure practices, and unusual processing procedures. Within this creative process improvisation and the use of constructive aberrations within the methodology are often utilized to define light-space.

The majority of my holographic work utilizes large format single beam holograms on glass plates. The simplicity, nuances, and ease of single beam holographic set-ups will be presented. This includes the handling of glass plates, the shaping and texturing of the reference and object beam, and the materials and treatments used in the creation of the “object” used in the manifestation of these intrinsic light tracings which we define as holograms.

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