Fortune Finding

2011

In these experiments, I created photograms of encased fortune cookies. I started by simply placing fortune cookies underneath the enlarger in different orientations, with an interest in seeing if the cookie would be entirely opaque and if the plastic wrapping would be completely translucent. I later smashed and moved cookies during the explosure interval, creating layered images. Such photograms documented the history of each cookie. Artifacts of former states of the cookie are visible; each of these states remained contained within the plastic casing. In images where the cookie does not move directionally, the oldest, most complete forms are dim shadows while the final, fractured form is bright. Moving or still, the layering of different forms over time allows for their hybridization in the plane of the paper.

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