Aidan Gageler’s practice considers photography’s receptivity both to light and sentiment. His abstract works defy our desire for immediate comprehension, instead acting as sites of encounter where we project meanings and ideas. He argues that his photographs have a mission not to resemble something else – rather, they need be a record of nothing other than their own existence or the materials and processes of their creation.
Old Skin incorporates a 70-year-old time-expired sheet of photographic film to produce an image of visual simplicity and contextual complexity. Made without a camera, it is one of a series of images created from old film stock whose antique substrates and exhausted chemistry lend their quirks and failures to each image.