Mini Altered Negative, (sun), 2021
11 x 8½" Archival pigment print
8½ x 6½" Image size
Edition of 22
Each print includes a certificate of authenticity, numbered and hand-signed by the artist.
About the Image
While the series Altered Negatives was created with large format film and a pinhole camera, these images are a handheld size, born from an old Brownie Bullet. I was intrigued with the intricacies of these works in connection to the details that take place within our relationships. The smaller scale and single negative create a more intimate moment during the exposure. Mini Altered Negative, (sun) was created with a hand punched old negative, synthetic thread and sun burnt human skin adhered to the unexposed film before shooting. Each empty moment requires the viewer to consider what is missing.
Julie Hamel is a multidisciplinary maker working with photographic media that speaks of loss and memory. Frequently using what's found in nature to highlight the distance in human interactions, she marks the importance of connections and the emotional effects of separation. Reflecting on the broader context of exposure, time, and sensitivity, her work simultaneously represents what may be absent or present, whether visually or emotionally. The results reveal associations emphasized by indexical evidence: this work physically happened, whether all at once, over the course of hours, or through an assembly of individual parts; much like our personal relationships throughout our lifetimes.
Hamel received her BFA with honors in photography, and a fellowship from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. After living in the South and Rocky Mountains, she returned to New England and now resides in New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art + Design in Cambridge, MA in 2021. Hamel has won numerous awards and has shown across the United States, Canada, and internationally including Italy, Budapest, Greece, and England.