Embossed Light

In a fusion of photographic and printmaking techniques, ornately-embellished, historical photographs are embossed into light-sensitive paper. In the darkroom, a light source is placed at a low degree to the embossing and, when exposed, the pattern of light and shadow cast by the topography of the paper renders a photographic reproduction of the original photograph’s physical presence. Certain historical photographic processes and materials impart a subtle depth to the print, in turn, transferring a ghostly trace of the camera’s image to the light-projection of the embossing. The exposure to light also photographically reveals patterns of ambient residue from the printmaking process, which accumulated on the paper as it was subjected to extreme pressure and force.