My friend Jeremy Lynch, an artist based in Berlin, is in Iceland at the moment working on an abstract photography project called Pieces of Water. I had an opportunity to take part in a workshop with him yesterday to make water photograms - a very hands-on process using light-senstive photo paper and water, to create abstract photographic images without a camera. It was a totally different kind of "handmade" experience than say, working with yarn - I honestly didn't know what to expect as I had no prior experience in developing photographic prints, but it was a lot of fun. I also got to hang around and watch a couple of other people work on pieces, and what struck me was how differently each of us approached the project, and how wildly varied but equally beautiful and striking the results were.
Jeremy describes his project like this: "Water photograms are a simple way to create photographs without the use of a camera, producing the most beautiful abstract images – by transforming everyday reality into a unique abstraction. Like snowflakes, no two photograms are the same, and everyone can make art with water."