Trash Camera Obscura (Clouds)

Vanessa Albury

Vanessa Albury's work is image and process-based, formed as stills, sculpture, video, and social practices. Albury's practice extends beyond traditional photographs as “windows into the world” to objects and experiences in space and time. She exaggerates, removes, and enhances the materiality or objecthood of photographs, probing the sublime power of the image. Her bodily and societal relationship to nature is an underlying theme throughout her works.

  • 2017 - 2019 
  • Signed
  • Edition 3 of 6
  • This is a print from the 2017 Solar Eclipse capture on a 4x5 negative with Albury's Trash Camera Obscura built on residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY.
  • Vanessa Albury's Trash Camera Obscura is the result of contemplating the existence of image, from the distant past when glaciers once covered North America and considering the possibly near future when the effects of global warming will result in dramatic changes in sea levels and impair access to electricity and thus most technology and the internet. Trash Camera Obscura is a sculptural object made from found materials that are also a functional camera, which she created from trash collected around Utica. It calls to mind the earliest prehistoric occurrences of image and considers possibilities for the far future of photography amidst global climate change impacts.

Selenium-toned Gelatin Silver Print, 16" x 20"

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