With hand coated emulsions and Bromoil techniques, the hand of the artist is very evident in every part of the image, from the brush strokes to the applying of ink. I am drawn to this one-of-a-kind printing, where there is an element of unpredictability and evidence of human touch.-Candace
Candace Makowichuk is a photographer, art instructor, curator, and Executive Director of Edmonton Short Film Festival. Since the beginning of her art studies, Candace was always interested in alternative or historical photographic processes. Today she works with Cyanotype, Bromoil, Silver Gelatin, and Gum Bichromate processes. The majority of these historical photographic processes render one-of-a-kind images which are impossible to predictably reproduce by hand. It is this unpredictability which fascinates and draws Candace to these processes- There is only so much control over the final print, then the rest is due to chemistry, the hand coating, and support/backing. The many steps involved all react to the individual’s style of work – and sometimes mistakes or accidents produce wonderful results!
Many of the processes that Candace works in display the evidence of a human touch, creating a physical connection between the artist and the print. From the movements of processing film, to the movements of coating supports, to the movement of processing the print, she is immersed in the physical component of producing an image. Candace also relishes being in the dark room with low safe lights and the sound of water, an environment where time literally disappears.
Through workshops and residencies in historical photographic processes, Candace is pleased to contribute to the renewed interest in analogue photography, film and other non-digital processes. Candace’s work is represented in public collections within Alberta, private collections within Canada, and exhibitions throughout the province.