Lucian Wester



For Years, Worthington had relied on the images left on his retina by the flash. Then, in spring 1894, he finally succeeded in stopping the droplet’s splash with a photograph. Symmerty shattered. Worthington said. “The first comment that any one would make is that the photographs, while they bear out the drawing in many details, show greater irregularity than the drawings would have led one to expect.” (Daston & Galison 2007:13)


Daston, Lorraine & Peter Galison (2007). Objectivity. New York: Zone Books.


Photograms are a collection of works created in the darkroom by exposing photographic paper. Through these works I tried to deconstruct the medium to the essentials of light and a photosensitive material to record the light. An inspiration to these photograms is an inquiry made by scientist Arthur Worthington in the beginning of the last century on how a liquid drop hits a surface. At first he made drawings from what he saw but some years later he managed to photograph the splashes, these photographs brought to light that he had unconsciously manipulated the drawings to look like what he expected to find.



Natural Gradients #3 - Red/Cyan - 2013