Matthew Brandt’s prints were created with organic substances. We’re talking Cheez Whiz, kool-aid and dead skin. You name it, and he’s probably used it or has it stashed away somewhere for future use. His rather unusual approach to photography involves incorporating the subject into the actual prints.
“When photography first started, there was no precedent of how to make a photograph,” Brandt wrote. “Photographers were using whatever they could figure out to make it work, which I’m sure were some wacky solutions. When I [first] used Cheez Whiz to print a photograph, it was more about the cultural placement of Cheez Whiz that interested me, i.e., America(ish) circa late 20th century … whereas Niepce made the first photograph in France with bitumen of Judea, which is a type of tar.”
His method for making prints can take days or even weeks to complete, which adds to the overall effect of the finished product.
“The serendipitous interactive quality of the materials is always important in the works. In some ways I consider my work to orchestrate an interaction between material and image. I try to step back as much as possible to let process take hold, but there is always guiding that needs to be done.”
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I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.