Michelle de Clercq
A process of degradation
In April I began photographing areas in South Africa that had succumbed to environmental degradation. A mountain burnt by an uncontrollable blaze, a smouldering peatland, and a dying lagoon. In response to this, the processing of my colour films began to change. The series of photographs that followed this took on a more destructive nature. Little care was taken in how I processed and handled the film. Leaving the results completely unpredictable. Using slightly too little chemicals and not properly rinsing off all the chemicals. The remaining chemical stains are evident, meaning the negatives are left vulnerable to an inevitable process of degradation. They are fragile. In much the same way that the environment is, with the current climate crisis.
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