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“Anonymous Astronomer” is an on-going investigation into a collection of vintage astronomy negatives made by an amateur stargazer I purchased from a seller on ebay. I have been mining this resold collection of 35mm negatives and it’s curiosity left behind in the world in efforts to converse with a human’s attempts to archive and represent the distant universe. Through actions of failure, chance and curiosity, this series is an intuitive conversation with the remnants of one’s resold wonder. The collection is embedded with obsessive efforts of photography's ability to categorize and represent our galaxy. I have engaged with this archive in various experimental approaches to practice the visualization of wonder. Through manipulating the handwritten annotations left behind on the archival glassine sleeves, to making photograms created by the dust swept from the corners of my darkroom in an effort to create and categorize my own galaxy. I examine the relationship of this unknown individual’s curiosity as I relate it to the process of my darkroom and experimental photographic practice, questioning how one’s observations of the past can be reactivated as my own investigations of the present.

Annotations
Sliver gelatin photogram of an anonymous astronomers glassine sleeves
Annotations II
Collage of an anonymous astronomers dates on glassine
2020
2020
Moon Phase I (March 9th 2020)
Toned lunar print exposed by the light of the full moon from negatives made from the passage of the moon as photographed by an anonymous astronomer from 1979
Moon Phase II (March 9th 2020)
Toned lunar print exposed by the light of the full moon from negatives made from the passage of the moon as photographed by an anonymous astronomer from 1979
The most distant object you can see with the unaided naked eye
The Andromeda Galaxy (M-31) seen through my I-phone 'star-gazer' app
2020
Satellite (Searching for c-90)
Screen capture made from my I-phone 'star-gazer' app
2020
2020
Glassine
Silver gelatin photogram of glassine sleeves from the collection of an anonymous astronomer
Collapsing Space
Digital scan made through the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
Solar Drawing I (5:15pm-6:41pm)
Drawing made by staring directly at the sun thru a 4x5 camera, allowing the heat created in camera to naturally burn holes in safety viewing film
Solar Drawing II (9am-10:45am)
Drawing made by staring directly at the sun thru a 4x5 camera, allowing the heat created in camera to naturally burn holes in safety viewing film
Corners of the Galaxy
Silver gelatin print made from dust swept from the corners of my darkroom
Corners of the Galaxy II
Silver gelatin print made from dust swept from the corners of my darkroom
Annotations
Collaged glassine of an anonymous astronomer's annotations
2020
Solar Drawing III (10:30am-11:20am)
Drawing made by staring directly at the sun thru a 4x5 camera, allowing the heat created in camera to naturally burn holes in safety viewing film
Collapsing Space II
Silver gelatin print made from exposing through 35mm negatives in the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
Collapsing Space III
Silver gelatin print made from exposing through 35mm negatives in the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
Archive Construct II
Silver gelatin photogram of the dust swept from my darkroom & made from the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
Archive Construct III
Silver gelatin photogram made from the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
2020
Moon Phase III (April 7th 2020)
Toned lunar print exposed by the light of the full moon from negatives made from the passage of the moon as photographed by an anonymous astronomer from 1979
Moon Phase IV (April 7th 2020)
Toned lunar print exposed by the light of the full moon from negatives made from the passage of the moon as photographed by an anonymous astronomer from 1979
Archive Construct I
Silver gelatin photogram made from the glassine sleeves of an anonymous astronomer
Solar Eclipse I (March 25th 2020)
Toned lumen print made by the sun in 2020 from negatives of a solar ecplise as made by an anonymous astronomer from 1979
Solar Eclipse II (April 20th 2020)
Toned lumen print made by the sun in 2020 from negatives of a solar ecplise as made by an anonymous astronomer from 1979