Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 Fine Art / Special Effects

Haeger Pottery, E. Dundee, Illinois, Usa, 2021

  • Photographer
    Christopher Paul Brown
  • Technical Info
    Canon Eos 5ds, Sigma 35mm Lens, Adobe Photoshop Cs6
  • Photo Date

After almost 150 years in business the doors to Haeger Pottery closed several years ago. Near sunset I circumnavigated the building, shooting particularly at the corners of this sprawling former factory. As is my habit, I overlaid images and played with them in Photoshop. This series is a subset of the result.

Christopher Paul Brown identifies as an alchemist. He also sees himself as a primitive hunter-gatherer rather than a modern urban agrarian. Relying on serendipity and synchronicity in lieu of elaborate planning, he seeks to uncover the unconscious and dimensions beyond the familiar three. He completed a BA in Film in 1980 and his first solo photography show exhibited in 1985. He describes his approach as Radical Play and he employs polar opposites such as intent/openness and obscure/reveal to allow paradox and invite the flow of alchemical energies while he works.