Bronwen Hazlett
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FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY MIDLIFE AND THE ALCHEMY OF MY INDIVIDUATION BLUE VAN DYKE & INKJET TRANSFER, 12" x 18"
Statement “Midlife and the Alchemy of my Individuation” is a fine art, self-portrait and landscape series reassessing my past and actualizing my future. This is illustrated through visual representation of the personal transformation phases in Philosophical Alchemy, a process of transforming and perfecting one’s soul. The intent of this series is to encourage reflective thinking by the observer. In the Nigredo phase, I deal with the dark matter and negative aspects of myself, illustrated by wearing black in my portraits. During the Albedo phase, I wear white because I have broken down and banished negativity. My soul has been perfected, I am self-aware, and not experiencing darkness anymore. The final phase, Rubedo, is signified by wearing red, a result of becoming stable and aware of myself and surroundings. I now know the secret and have the elixir for the rest of my life. With the use of Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, and inkjet transfers I build my images to narrate my story. The blues are symbolic of my hopes, while the browns illustrate reality. During the process of mixing and painting chemistry, I am freed from the confines of traditional photography and I can coerce chemical reactions, like my reactions between hopes colliding with the real world. In short, one cannot find the secret to life and visualize it without experimentation.

© 2016  Bronwen Hazlett Photography