AboutRachel Sokal exhibits a selection of old and new work from her series of ephemeral chlorophyll prints; perhaps the most natural form of photography, where leaves are printed with a photographs using the photosynthetic structures of the plant without chemicals added. By placing images printed onto acetate over the leaf for several days in the sun, the leaf itself becomes the canvas; changing chemically to show the image with startling detail. The leaf is still alive as the photo develops, only drying once the process is over. Just as the leaf had a lifespan, so does the image now printed onto the leaf. The sunlight which made the image will slowly destroy it.
Through this series Rachel explores the links between human and plant bodies, our place within changing ecologies, and the effects of excessive exposure to the sun on living cells; plant, animal or human.
Rachel Sokal is a Bristol based photographer, teacher and Bristol Folk House tutor. She is particularly interested in alternative photographic processes, working with these hands-on techniques to communicate socially and make photography more accessible to a wider range of people. Her most recent work is a series of ephemeral chlorophyll prints, photographs printed onto leaves using only sunlight.
Rachel will discuss her approach to photography and her chlorophyll prints at the Bristol Folk House on Friday 11th May at 7pm, and a selection of these prints will be on display in the café there from 4th - 31st May.
Photography exhibition at Bristol Folk House by Rachel Sokal - 4th - 31st May
Photography talk by Rachel Sokal at Bristol Folk House - Friday 11th May 7pm