Photogravure on 300 gm Lana Gravure paper · 15.8 × 20.4cm · 1995 · Edition of 6
The images in this section were made as early as 1995. They tended to explore some of the same issues I was dealing with as a still-life photographer (see Extended Moments, Panoramas From Spain, or Gum Bichromates). I was also interested in making photogravure prints which tested the qualities of this new (for me) medium. I experimented with one of my earlier ideas where I re-worked the plate to produce prints which were less photographic or literal. Looking back, it is clear to me that the most important discovery for me is that the straight photogravure print is a new object, very different from a photographic print on photographic paper. This is one of the main qualities which continues to attract me to this process.
The pig's head is mummified, as are many of my subjects in this body of work. This early photogravure image was made using an asphaltum aquatint, so the detail is very fine. This plate has been "destroyed" in order to create "Swine II", a heavily re-worked image of the same subject.