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Breathing in the Beech Wood, Homeland, Dartmoor, Twenty-Four Days of Sunlight

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Devon (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Light, leaves, dye destruction print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist. Copyright Garry Fabian Miller

  • Museum number:

    E.529-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 101, The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery, case WEST WALL

Fabian Miller is a pioneer of the contemporary camera-less photographic image. This work represents his return to nature after a period exploring abstractions in light and colour. The leaves came from several trees and were gathered over a 24-day period in spring. Each vertical row of nine leaves represents one day of collecting and printing. Their careful arrangement shows the gradual effect of chlorophyll entering the leaf to make it green, offering a comparison between this process and photography, both of which rely on the transforming power of light.

Physical description

Photograph with 81 images of leaves printed from several different trees.

Place of Origin

Devon (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Light, leaves, dye destruction print

Dimensions

Height: 162 cm, Width: 162 cm, Depth: 5 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'Breathing in the Beech Wood, Homeland, Dartmoor, Twenty-Four Days of Sunlight', dye destruction print, by Garry Fabian Miller, 2004

Labels and date

Photography Centre, 2018-20:

Garry Fabian Miller (born 1957)
Breathing in the Beech Wood, Homeland, Dartmoor, Twenty-Four Days of Sunlight, May 2004
2004

Over 24 days, Miller gathered leaves and placed them into a photographic enlarger, using them instead of negatives or transparencies to project their images onto photographic paper. Each column of nine leaves represents one day of collecting and printing. The arrangement shows chlorophyll gradually turning the leaves green, offering a comparison between the process and photography, both of which rely on the transformative power of light.

Dye destruction prints
Museum no. E.529-2005 []
Cameraless Photography

Garry Fabian Miller (b.1957)
Breathing in the Beech Wood, Homeland, Dartmoor, Twenty–Four Days of Sunlight, May 2004
2004
Dye destruction prints
162 x 162 cm
Museum no. E.529-2005

To make this image, Fabian Miller gathered leaves over 24-days in spring. He placed them into a photographic enlarger, using them instead of a negative or transparency to project their image onto photographic paper. Each vertical row represents one day of collecting and printing. The arrangement shows the gradual effect of chlorophyll entering the leaf to make it green. It offers a comparison between this process and photography, both of which rely on the transforming power of light.
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Production Note

Attribution note: Silver-dye bleach process, also called dye destruction print. These color prints are made from a color transparency or negative in which the print material has, at the outset, at least three emulsion layers of silver salts.

Materials

Leaves; Photographic paper

Techniques

Silver-dye bleach process

Subjects depicted

Leaves

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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