It’s not uncommon to find oneself strangely fascinated by the marks and blisters left by sunburns. The photographs of the American Chris McCaw are like these small wounds we compulsively touch and puncture. In his latest series, McCaw, a disciple of ancient forms of photography, substituted paper for skin and submits it to the same kinds of burns. For this experiment, McCaw developed his own technique using large format cameras and powerful lenses generally used for military surveillance and aerial reconnaissance. Instead of a negative, McCaw exposes a fiber-based gelatin paper to sunlight from periods of 15 minutes to 24 hours.
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