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JULIETTE HAS A GUN 3 by Nadine Delrez
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Nadine Delrez says of her work, "In addition to social photographic reports, I have extended my field of photography practice with the so-called "alternative" techniques.

Amongst those techniques I discovered during my studies, there is one I literally fell in love with : the gum bichromate. While learning from practice, I have found my way and I am getting deeper in three- or four-colour process gum. Adding colors to an ancient technique is for me a way to render it contemporary, but still preserving the rare, unique and refined side of it.

Bichromate gum is a slow process : you have first to select a theme, then take photos, followed by selection, printing, and, finally, you have to set up the whole  process of chemistry and exposure to a source of light, in order to realize the transposition step by step. In the end, this is not the original photo anymore ... but it still is : so, it is sort of alchemy, transmutation, where reality is becoming something else.

With "Juliet has a gun", a series still in progress, I want to touch upon the idea of third sex and I want to show the unsettling beauty of those people who assume - even who cultivate - ambivalence, until sowing disorder in spectators mind."

Nadine Delrez was born in Verviers (Belgium) in 1971.In 2013, she decided to take on her passion and she interrupted her professional career to join the photography section of the "Saint-Luc" School of Arts in Liège. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 2016.

During her curriculum, she has discovered the so-called "alternative" photographic techniques, to which she has not ceased to devote herself ever since, with a predilection for tri- or quadrichrome gum bichromate. This "non-argentic" photographic process consists of mixing gum arabic with diluted potassium bichromate and natural pigments, then coating the whole mixture on a support such as watercolor paper, before insolating it.

Through this technique, freedom of creation is nearly total, while being random, even sometimes fortuitous.

www.nadinedelrez.com

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