Ingrid Dorner ​​​​​​​

Photographe plasticienne

Artistic Approach​​​​​​​
My artistic approach to photography is inspired by the pictorialism movement of the late19th century which emphasized photography´s ability to create visual beauty.
Although the timing of the shot is decisive it is still just the beginning of the creative
process which only acquires its full expression through development and processing.
A completely unreal photo can be made to look realistic with today’s software and image editing tools. My approach is the exact opposite. I start with a realistic image and endeavor to portray the imperceptible, the unconscious mind, the most secret thoughts, dreams and perhaps reveal what we don’t want to see because it is taboo or we fear it.
This is achieved through an elaborate alteration of reality that also borrows from the surrealist style. The mixture of anachronistic technologies, traditional processing methods (Gum bichromate, Palladium Print, or Van Dyke), negative layering or digital image processing, isolate the image from its temporal dimensions and detach it from its era so that it can exist in a fantasy world, free from points of reference.
The provocative effect and the occasional impression of unease force the observer to question the meaning of photography. The emotional impression is in itself crucial to the object of photography.
I have been a keen student of photography for many years and have a lot of experience in this field. I started with classical and theoretical aspects of film processing methods in order to perfect my technical skills in the photographic laboratory. I continuously experimented with new techniques in my darkroom: negative layering with an enlarger, light effects on coated paper, colour accents on photographic prints… I quickly developed a desire to learn more about older photographic processes like the Van Dyke process, the Palladium Print, Cyanotype and tinted Cyanotype.
In the future I wish to create a mysterious and melancholic aesthetic, blending the beauty of older analog photographic techniques and modern photographic techniques.

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