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Apparition: Postcards From Eye See You - J. Fredric May

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Chris Rauschenberg
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
48 pages Perfect-bound
cyanotypes, legally blind, stroke, visual hallucinations

I am a former photojournalist and filmmaker. During open heart surgery in 2012, I suffered a major stroke leaving me legally blind and subject to vivid visual hallucinations. This life event changed my artistic vision, opening up an entirely new visual style. With profound curiosity and a life-long habit of experimentation, I picked up my iPad and started to explore. Because I was raised by inventors and engineers, I embraced regeneration as a way of life, so I focused my limited attention on what could be invented and created. Utilizing imaging software that corrupts visual data, I was effectively able to replicate what was happening with information within my own brain. I scanned found portraits, maimed their component features and rebuilt them as layered composites to resemble how I now see, in fragments, somehow familiar, yet strange. I take my layered composites and print these as cyanotypes. I bleach and tone my cyanotypes with a mixture of photo chemicals and tea.

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