A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography

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A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography Exhibition

This exhibition was conceived to coincide with workshops and an artist talk on alternative photographic processes as a part of CapturePhotofest 2020. COVID-19 put a halt to the events, but we are pleased to offer the exhibition online.

The iPhone has both democratized and transformed photography and digital media creating a rise in interest in traditional and historical photographic processes. Enthusiasts, artists and professionals are seeking out and reviving historical techniques and methods. Perhaps this is a quest to bring a sense of uniqueness and imperfection to the mechanical control in digital photography. 

A Touch of Hand” showcases photo based artists who produce images that have been created by hand either before or once the lens-based images have been formed; pinhole photography, mixed media, cyanograph, scanogram and lumen printing are some of the methods used. The artists value the knowledge and skill these processes demand as well as the direct contact it gives them with their image. As in life, the outcomes are not always predictable, but uncertainty nurtures possibility. In the climate of social distancing we crave a Touch of Hand

My work examines a variety of issues, including urban decay, global issues, and the beauty of the world around us, whether in man-made structures or the mysteries of nature. I hope to honour the materials I work with, reveal my process, and create work that stimulates the imagination and moves the soul.


Adaptation, Photo-etched images on copper plate, 6"x9"

Habitat II

Habitat II, Photo-etched images on copper plate, 6"x9"

Doherty - Forest Lumen I

Forest Lumen I, Scanned lumen print, 8"x10"

Doherty - Forest Lumen II

Forest Lumen II, Scanned lumen print, 8"x10"

Prospero IV

Prospero IV, Photo and intaglio etched on paper, 20"x16"

The Legacy

The Legacy, Photo montage, 32"x24"

Urban Coyote

Urban Coyote, Photo montage, 14"x24"

Arrangements explores the discarded through the re-composition of spent bouquets; bouquets mark our rituals of goodwill. Bring out our desire to create beauty and symmetry as gifts, underscoring the best of our humanity. The symbolism of flowers, in combination with their fleeting grace, is a poignant reminder of our frailty.

South Michigan IV

South Michigan IV, Sublimation print on metal, 2ftx3ft

Deep Confusion

Deep Confusion, Sublimation print on metal, 2ftx3ft

Mingus Summertime III

Mingus Summertime III, Sublimation print on metal, 2ftx3ft

Blackwater Side

Blackwater Side, Sublimation print on metal, 2ftx3ft

Seeding the Wind II

Seeding the Wind II, Sublimation print on metal, 2ftx3ft

Using ‘A Touch of Hand’ as a starting point these images explore the hand as the selector and arranger of objects; composing a scene to lead the viewer. Working within the tradition of a staged still-life, these images toy with the idea of the absurd by playfully juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated objects.

Glove Cactus
Glove, 11.5"x16" Cactus, 13"x17"

I work in many mediums and am drawn to alternative processes. The alternative process can take an art piece and transform it into something else entirely, another reality. The multiple layers add a sense of history and mystery, things hidden, concealed, revealed. This selection includes Lumen prints which have been scanned and altered in Photoshop.



Flowering Tail

Flowering Tail

Circles in the Air

Circles in the Air

I See Through You

I See Through You

Looking Through the Veil

Looking Through the Veil



On the Fence

On the Fence

Circles in Pink

Circles in Pink

I am a hybrid photo-printmaker who fuses organic and technological elements. Hybrid prints are photograms made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. My Lumen prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again, to make their own meaning from ambiguity.

Finn Slough Resilience

Finn Slough Resilience, 11"x14"

Finn Slough Grafitti

Finn Slough Grafitti, 11"x14"

Resting Tulips

Resting Tulips, 11"x14"


Floating, 20"x24"

Autumn Dance

Autumn Dance, 20"x24"

Modern photographic processes can control an image to a microscopic level. This degree of control, impossible historically, has created a quest for perfection where natural chaos isn’t a factor. Chaos can render a work less perfect or it can perfect it, it’s all perspective. The analogue photographic processes used for these works embraces the uncontrollable and chaotic.

Bulldog Cyanograph

Bulldog Cyanograph, 9"x12"

Rowing Scull Cyanograph

Rowing Scull Cyanograph, 9"x12"

Make a Wish

Make a Wish, mixed media

Two Brothers

Two Brothers, mixed media

Takeout for Squirrels

Takeout for Squirrels, mixed media

Orchid Pinhole

Orchid Pinhole

Street Scenes Pinhole

Street Scenes Pinhole

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