Processes used: Anthotypes, Photograms and Photosynthesis.
Rosemary Horn was born in 1978 in New Zealand, during her school years she lived in Nelson. After school finished she came to Europe for a two year working holiday, and after her return to New Zealand Rosemary decided to pursue a creative career. She moved to Wellington in 2003 while she studied at Massey University, finishing at the end of 2006.
During her studies Rosemary won two scholarships sponsored by DAC Group Ltd, one of Wellington's leading photographic printers. In 2006 she also won the Photographic Prize at the Zonta Design Awards, Zonta is an international organisation of business woman who advance the status of women through service and advocacy. The awards recognise women who not only excel in their field of design, they also contribute to their community, help others in the wider field of design, and are advocates for their profession.
During her final year at university Rosemary completed a research project, she wanted to address my concerns for the environment through the photographic medium. Rosemary felt a change was needed towards using less processed materials and a simplified printing process. Technology is always concentrated on more, faster, smaller and newer, as a result the digital environment allows such an ease of creating images and this proliferation produces less and less meaning. Adapting to a slower process alters your use and perception of newer technology, picture making becomes more deliberate.
Rosemary's concern for the environment lead her to re-consider the materials used in photography. She felt the need to use less processed materials and a simplified printing process. Each leaf has its own peculiarities responding to the process differently. What each leaf shares is fragility, they are not fixed so still respond to light and they are dry and brittle so require careful handling. These qualities emphasize the fragility of the world we live in while the process of making the prints brings you in direct Contact with the processes of nature.
These types of images are not fixed, so they still respond to light. These qualities emphasize the fragility of the world we live in while the process of making the prints brings you in direct Contact with the processes of nature bringing about more awareness of our greater environment. Using non-conventional processes and approaches to making photographic work sometimes means unpredictable results, and this makes creating work exciting. When you do not know what the final outcome will be you consider each step along the way, every choice becomes a conscious decision and not based on a predetermined notion.
Artists are in a position to communicate ecological concerns that highlight the issues but also demonstrate how to change practices and attitudes. It is each persons responsibility to consider how they impact upon the environment, by altering our processes we can effect change from within our personal and professional practice, as well as creatively expressing our opinions.
Since her studies finished Rosemary has been cycle touring, so she and her husband have biked 12000km through New Zealand, Great Britain and Europe – quite often with a anthotype frame tied to the bike, being exposed.
Rosemary continues to develop her approach to this process and hopes to be able to "fix" these images to make them more resilient to light.
"I enjoy disrupting the precision of the photographic medium."