McCaw investigates the primal side of photography by using its most basic components—a lens, time and light—producing one-of-a-kind prints in which the sun itself burns its mark on the paper. The inspiration for this work was born of an accident of chance: While attempting to photograph the night sky, McCaw fell asleep and woke up too late to end the exposure, discovering that the rising sun had produced a violent change in his negative. Through obsessive experimentation, McCaw has learned to control this change to create unique, first-generation images that engage the sun itself as a direct, collaborative partner in the photographic process. As part of his process, he creates hand-built view cameras of varying sizes, designed to accommodate vintage gelatin silver black-and-white enlarging paper in place of film, with special military-reconnaissance optics to enhance the intense light exposure.
Chris McCaw : Sunburned