Art Uncovered

Premiere DateApr 28, 2015
00:00 Tessa Traeger pt. 1
05:29 Salad Days Young Marble Giants
07:27 Tessa Traeger pt. 2
11:22 Celebrate the Mundane Grass Widow
13:42 Tessa Traeger pt. 3
18:32 The Chalet Lines Belle and Sebastian
20:56 Tessa Traeger pt. 4
24:28 Saltwater Beach House
27:33 Tessa Traeger pt. 5
31:27 My Little Corner of the World Yo La Tengo
33:47 Tessa Traeger pt. 6
37:21 Jams Run Free Sonic Youth
40:52 Finish

Photographer Tessa Traeger has been using a trove of victorian glass negatives to create her new project The Chemistry of light. For the project she rephotographed these old plate negatives as still lives using natural light and mirrors to highlight the dramatic forms of chemical decay that have transformed the negatives over their hundred plus years in storage. The result are ghostly, dreamlike views of Victorian England. Some photographs in the project show everyday scenes like a crowd at the beach. Other images are abstractions in which the negative’s curled or damaged emulation creates a rainbow of color and folds of texture that nearly obscure the photograph’s subject. According to Tessa, the Chemistry of Light project is also about photography itself. She says that as chemical processes give way to digital technology, her collection of  damaged and decaying photographs serve as a metaphor for the death of analog photography as a medium.


Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…