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Photograph - Becoming Magma 2, 2004
  • Becoming Magma 2, 2004
    Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957
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Becoming Magma 2, 2004

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Devon (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water, light, dye destruction print, abstract camera less photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Royalties Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.367-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fabian Miller is know for his 'camera-less' photographs. The artist works in the darkroom, shinning, shining light through coloured glass vessels and over cut-paper shapes to create forms that record directly onto photographic paper. These rudimentary methods recall the earliest days of photography, when the effects of light on sensitised paper seemed magical.
Across languages and cultures, the earliest colour categories are believed to have been those of light and dark, followed almost universally by a term for red. Fabian Miller's images therefore suggest primal experience and a definition of colour and shape that can be understood on several levels. The titles Becoming Magma and From the Red Pool refer to molten rock beneath the earth's surface. The horizontal images conjure a prehistoric landscape. The circular pieces evoke a planetary or cosmic form, perhaps the Zen enso, or circles of enlightenment - a symbol of the cycle of life.

Physical description

Four dye destruction photographs mounted as one image in purpose made frame with red circle in the middle.

Place of Origin

Devon (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Water, light, dye destruction print, abstract camera less photograph

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'Becoming Magma 2, 2004', abstract camera-less photograph, dye destruction print, by Garry Fabian Miller, 2004.

Labels and date

Garry Fabian Miller has made exclusively 'camera-less' photographs since the mid 1980s. He works in the darkroom, shining light through coloured glass vessels and over cut-paper shapes to create forms that record directly onto photographic paper. His images suggest primal experience and a definition of colour and shape that can be understood on several levels. The title Becoming Magma refers to molten rock beneath the earth's surface. The circular shape evokes a planetary or cosmic form, or perhaps the Zen enso, or circle of enlightenment - a symbol of the cycle of life. [2008-2009]

Production Note

His works are made in the artist's darkroom

Materials

Paper; Water

Techniques

Silver-dye bleach process

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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