Process: Light Chamber Exposure


     Using a uniquely made camera obscura (comprised of a Polaroid view-camera, specialized film projector, watercolors, darkroom timer, hand-made dodging and burning tools, tissue papers, and etched glass sheets), Light Chamber Exposure (or LCE) uniquely blends the traditional darkroom and alternative photographic processes. LCE replaces the enlarger with a specialized projector, uses painted slide positives instead of negative film, and also uses a timer; however, it is much more precise than the traditional enlarger timer allowing unique dodging and burning times. How the image is captured separates LCE from traditional burning and dodging:  Instead of exposing light sensitive paper in a wet darkroom, a Polaroid view-camera sits opposite etched glass plates and 35mm projector.  Like the traditional darkroom were the artist will burn (selectively add exposure) and dodge (selectively block exposure) sections of a negative onto light sensitive paper, with the camera's aperture lens open the user can burn sections of an image onto the film plane, seated within the view-camera.