Post-Industrial Ghosts - Steven Garmanian
Photo positive transparencies exposed on cyanotype treated cotton fabric
At locations ranging from the Georgetown Steam Plant to The Dry Tortugas I have photographed the detritus of once viable industrial and architectural sites, now relics of the past. The cyanotype process, invented in 1842 and used by Edward S. Curtis and Mathew Brady provides a record of the decline of the First Nations, Civil War dead, and architectural constructs now demolished or ruined with age. The process of exposure to time and natural elements that brought about the historic degradation of these places reincarnates them in brilliant Prussian blue through UV light exposure. This shadowy world, once grand, now spectral, is restored to our memories like ghosts that call in the recesses of our imaginations telling us they wish to abide and not be forgotten.