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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Photographic Alphabet: C is for Christopher Bucklow

Photographic Alphabet: C is for Christopher Bucklow

© Christopher Bucklow

© Christopher Bucklow

By Tyler Austin

Christopher Bucklow is a British artist who is known for 'cameraless' photography. He creates images of silhouettes that seem as if they come directly out of a science fiction movie, all without the use of digital manipulation.

He places his subjects in front of a light so that their shadow is casted onto a sheet of foil. From there he then traces their outline and pokes hundreds of holes into the foil then exposes it briefly to the sun using a homemade 'camera,' which is the size of a large packing crate. The result is the kind of images you see here.

© Christopher Bucklow

© Christopher Bucklow

Called 'Guests’, a fitting title since the extraterrestrial-like creatures that are featured might only be described with such anonymity. To Bucklow however there is no mystery as to what is being seen in these images.

He imagines that in a human there exist two creatures, the host and the guest. The 'guest' is within us all, outside of us all, and is “dispersed by its own nature.”

What he calls our 'guest' has had many meanings around the world, one example is in the bible when Adam and Eve are given "coats of skin." These coats aren't meant to cover up their naked bodies but to place their non-material forms into this skin. Essentially putting the 'guest' portion of themselves into its 'host.'

What Bucklow is actually doing is seeing beyond our host, capturing his subject in their raw unprotected state. 

You can see more of his work on his website here.

© Christopher Bucklow

© Christopher Bucklow

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