This image I’ve created as a contribution to a group exhibition Guardians of the Rivers. I’ve asked my daughter to pose as a guardian of the river Krupa, the river with a sad story. THis river used to be the most polluted point on the planet with a cancerogenic chemical PCB. Local company Iskra was producing car batteries and they were dumping harmful waste in the caves and they polluted local water, mostly river Krupa. Consequently, there was a high surge of cancer cases among. WHen the CEO of that company learned about the deadly consequences of his ignorance, he commited suicide. The man was our distant relative and about 35 years later I made the portrait of a young girl, his relative, as a guardian of the river Krupa. The image is recorded as a wet plate collodion negative. I’ve taken the water from the river Krupa and printed the image as a carbon print on glass. The cancerogenic PCB is – at least on the molecular level – a part of the image. The advantage of handmade photography, like carbon transfer printing process, is that I can incorporate the materials I photograph in the image itself.
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