Rik Garrett – Earth Magic

There are photographers who like photography and others who like everything about photography and the process behind them, even better if it includes using 100 years old cameras, making some mess with chemicals and using printing methods no one would ever even think about it.

No doubt Rik Garrett is part of the second group since he prints using wet plate process (do you need > wikipedia?) he likes to buy old cameras from thrift stores and ebay and he actually uses them. He started to develop film in his mother darkroom when he was only 14, he then tried a lot of art fields always coming back to photography.

In this post I am focusing on his “Earth Magic” series, a  personal exploration of the relationship between witchcraft, the female form and nature.  If you take your time to check this interview you’ll understand that Rick made an in-deep research and was influenced by a lot of books he read.  Looking at the result it is clear that this is not a mere visual representation of witches (as those you can easily find on lots of Instagram nowadays) but it is a more complex work, involving a lot of elements such as a study of the concept, peculiar medium and working process.
I did not have the opportunity to see the relative book, but from the pictures I saw online, I suppose those who bought it are now owners of a very precious work.

As usual, I add some pictures here, but I strongly suggest you to visit Rik Garrett’s website and to check his other works too.

 

Rik Garrett, dark, experimental, analog, obscure, photography

 

Rik Garrett, dark, experimental, analog, obscure, photography

 

Rik Garrett, dark, experimental, analog, obscure, photography

 

Rik Garrett, dark, experimental, analog, obscure, photography

 

Rik Garrett, dark, experimental, analog, obscure, photography

 

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