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Elise LaJeunesse

Wilder Places, Newer Light

The art of bromoil is an early labor-intensive photographic process that was developed around 1907.  It is currently practiced by a small number of artists worldwide and is a unique art form.

Architecture, landscapes and items from a past era have always fascinated me.  I love taking photographs of such items.  A common theme has developed in my photographs of a forgotten or last past.

It was while experimenting with a look of antiquity for my photographs that I discovered the art of bromoil.  I had attended an art exhibit and found a small collection of bromoils from the 1930's.  I immediately connected with the art form and was determined to discover the steps and techniques necessary to create a bromoil image.  This turned out to be no small quest.  Since bromoil is currently a rare art form, mainly practiced in Europe, it took some time to find an expert to learn from. 

The artist's collection can be seen at Charley Hafen Jewelers • Gallery from Friday, January 15, 2016 through Saturday, February 13, 2016.

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