Kathleen Velo
The camera-less photographic images in my series, Water Flow, capture the essence of water from below the surface: The concept of water quality in the Southwestern United States, and the inherent alchemy that occurs as a result of it, are the foundation of my current work. These photograms were created in remote rivers and streams, arroyos and water recharge basins, in the dark of night; in many of them, the Colorado River is a direct or indirect water source. To make the images I go into the water, long after dark, and submerge color photographic paper. At the right moment, the paper is briefly exposed to a light source while underwater, to create a photogram of the water contents and movement. The alchemy of photographic emulsion combined with the minerals, salts, pollutants, and other elements in the water create a unique documentation of water contents. This rare perspective of under the surface of water creates beautiful and poetic meditations on water, as the force of life.