Works > Sebum Silhouettes

Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
10in x 8in
2019
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
8in x 10in
2019
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Fiber base print from custom made negative
24in x 22in
2019
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
8in x 10in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
11in x 14in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
14in x 11in
2018
Alternative portrait via custom made negative through graphite and facial oil
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
14in x 15in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
14in x 15in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
11in x 14in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
14in x 15in
2018
Photographic positive from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin print from custom made negative
14in x 15in
2018
Photographic positives from contact printing with a custom film crafted through direct skin impressions of various body areas and faces of people using acetate, graphite, and the oil on a person's skin.
Silver gelatin prints from custom made negative
Size variable
2019

Can I find beauty in the dirty? Sebum Silhouettes is an attempt to cope with a dastardly dermal situation that never ceases. Inspired by the gesture of blotting one's face with a tissue to reduce the shine caused by facial oil, I sought to make portraits of individuals using the material we normally try to minimize. Mimicking the process of the tissue blotting, I asked individuals to press their face into a sheet of translucent paper which would capture the layer of oil sitting on their face. Immediately following, I smoothed powdered graphite over the sheet and shook it out. Wherever facial oil was on the paper, the powdered graphite stuck, thus making an image that can be used as a one of kind negative for photographic printing. Areas such as the forehead where there's more oil (and thus graphite stuck to the sheet) block out the light, thus creating positive images that become portraits of the individual via their sebum.