(Photo credit: Katy Baker, “Lumen Print #3”)
(Photo credit: Katy Baker, “Lumen Print #2”)
As Katy Baker points out in her artist statement, camera free images are certainly an anomaly when a cell phone that doesn’t have a camera is an oddity. The ubiquity of image making outlets lends a particular rareness to lumen printing.
Baker elaborates on the process:
The process of creating a lumen print combines photosensitive materials and a variety of plant life. As this body of work is somewhat of a study, I pay close attention to how each plant responds to different exposure times in relation to the next. This is determined not only by the thickness of the plant, but also the amount of moisture within the plant itself. From these two plant characteristics, I base my composition, resulting in a unique print which cannot be reproduced.