Rocks are the mineral material closest to the origin of the planet and absolutely the oldest that we can touch and transform. The phenomenon of time contained in rock is in itself something unintelligible to humans. I work in analog photography, especially on wet plate collodion tintypes, to reflect on the phenomenon of time. I make a counterpoint between an eternal past, of millions of years and our ephemeral life.
I have a sensory-emotional relationship with rocks, I love being able to transport myself in time thinking of the millions of years that I can hold in my hands and being sure that they are the closest to the origin of the planet. They are a piece of the universe in miniature.
Ernesto Sabato, Argentinian writer, in his novel “Sobre Heroes y Tumbas” (1961) analyzes the historical matter, focused on the chronicle of the death and fate of General Juan Lavalle and his men in the mid-nineteenth century. There is a text that inspired me and reaffirmed my love for stones.
"Furthermore, that way only the bones will remain of me, the only thing in us that is close to stone and eternity."
Wet Plate Collodion, is a technique from 1850. It is one of the first photographic processes in the history of photography, where the entire process is wet and must be carried out in a short period (10 min. approx.) Large-format cameras and tripods are used.
What motivates me is to make a conceptual game of time, on one hand, the wet plate collodion process and photography in particular needs long exposure time, and at the same time a piece of time is frozen in each photo. On the other hand, rocks contain millions of years in themselves ... It is a contemplative and timeless registration process.