My wife slept through labor the day my son was born. When she awoke, he was born into a swimming pool I inflated under an oak tree. I had just enough time to scatter some unloaded, large format negatives and paper into the light he was born in, and shut them into a light safe box.
Each sheet of film from that box is put through a process which destroys that record of light, but creates a new one in the process. The negatives are folded and placed in a tank of chemicals which liquefies the dye layers within. Repeated over time, this process shifts that original record of white light, into a record of accumulated time as additive color.
Before each negative is destroyed in the process, it is scanned, creating this unique record.
About Carlo Van de Roer
Carlo Van de Roer is an artist from New Zealand, living and working in New York. His work has been exhibited at venues such as M+B Gallery, Los Angeles; Suite Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee; Hyères Photography Festival; the Paris Photo Prize; and the MUSAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Léon, Spain.