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Camara-less Photography Exhibit Revels in the Unpredictable

By Rafael Almaguer

On Wednesday, Laura Reyes’ Art & Fashion Studio will host an exhibition of camara-less photography and the dolls worked by Yuko Warashina, a native of Japan and resident of San Miguel de Allende since 2015. She began her artwork by exploring handcrafts such as doll making; currently she is experimenting with camera-less photography.

Taking the photographs of images that have not yet been seen with the eye seems unexplainable, but this camera-less photography is known as chemigrams. The process of creating of chemigrams is achieved by painting with chemicals on the photographic paper. Warashina’s style is unusual, and actually very simple, since her images are recorded by the water on photographic paper exposed directly under the sun or moonlight, without the need for a darkroom. Then they are scanned and digitally processed. Aesthetically speaking, the result is closer to abstract painting than to photography, obtaining a unique result with the rich color combinations. To make the photo without having 100 percent control of the intervening elements creates an image as imperfect as nature itself, all from “playing with light.” Her works often deals with opposites: material and immaterial; visible and invisible; natural and digital; subject and object; author and spectator.

In an interview for a photograph conference, Warashina said, “Everything happens on the paper. As if the photographic paper feels the contact like a skin and records the sensation as a memory, I only collaborate [in] the moment of the process. This unpredictability makes me closer to the position of the viewer, and I hope it gives the viewer the freedom to perceive the image without any predisposition by the author.”

The dolls were a beginning of her career. Her works have been shown in group and individual exhibitions, and the Municipal Museum of Sagamihara in Japan awarded her its Excellence Award. She says that she makes her dolls, hoping they will give someone a little bit of happiness.

Camara-less Photography and Dolls Work by Yuko Warashina will open Wednesday, March 14, 3–5pm at Laura Reyes’ Art & Fashion Studio, located at Umarán No. 104 (between 28 de Abril St. and just before the Guanajuato Bridge in San Antonio). The exhibition ends on April 1. Warashina’s show will be open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4pm.


Art Exhibition

Work by Yuko Warashina

Wed, Mar 14, 3–5pm

Laura Reyes’ Art & Fashion Studio

Umarán 104


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