THOMAS PAQUET

These gum bichromate prints evoke starry night skies. They are photographies of flint stones, with flecks of white and milky stains in them. It is as if the stones had come to mimic the skies they have been contemplating for so long down on the ground, in a face to face that stretches so far back in time it seems almost eternal. "Things which are alike in nature grow to look alike" recounts the American anthropologist Paul Radin in his book Primitive man as a Philosopher.

 

Gum bichromate rendering is close to painting. It is also a patient layered printing process that requires multiple passes and many days of work. The lengthy duration and characteristics of this process of election reflect the immensity contained in the stones which themselves replicate the skies. To photograph them I submit myself to a change of scale, slip into geological times.

Cosmogony #1, 2017 - Gum bichromate print 42x58 cm

Cosmogony #2, 2017 - Gum bichromate print 42x58 cm

Cosmogony #3, 2017 - Gum bichromate print 42x58 cm

Cosmogonie #4 , 2017 - Tirage à la gomme bichromatée 42x58 cm