In this age of digital photography we're accustomed to receiving our images crisp and clean, appearing as exact replicas of the subjects captured within. That's not the case with photographer Ben DeHaan.
In his photo series "Uncured," the daring manipulator breaks down digital images, allowing variables like humidity, light, and time to react with untreated ink portraits. Beautifully obscuring representation while allowing imperfections to drip freely, DeHaan produces anything but picture-perfect snapshots.
The series captures the physical reaction digital ink undergoes when it's not treated with UV light, producing images that resemble fleshy, melting candles rather than your standard portraiture. DeHaan describes his photographic process on his website, explaining that "by allowing the inks to remain in their fluid, uncured state... variables begin to shift the subject matter’s role in the image and to create a visual experience beyond exact replication of a file."
Combining the tactility of Chuck Close with the sloppy eeriness of Marlene Dumas, DeHaan's blurs are photography's take on Post-Impressionism. Take a look yourself and let us know if you wish all photographs let their materials have a little wiggle room.
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