This morning I wanted to bring you to the dark and dreamy world of photography duo extrordinaire, Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French.
Charbonneau and French evoke an eighteenth-century aesthetic, collaborating on black and white photographs that achieve textures and tones through experimental dark room processes. These staged photographs use feminine symbols of domestic and fantasy life to create imagery that is caught between dreams and a gothic fairy tale. Somber and etherial, the painstaking and laborious use of medium- and large-format film and traditional printing techniques combine to stunning effect.
Combining surrealism and drama, their visions appear to come directly from childhood reminiscence. The artists say themselves that the path to a final image is “a mediation on memory, and how it functions through us, and between us.” The result is at once dark and dramatic and playful – an amazing partnership.