Sun for fire
Drought for water
Dust for air


For most of the history of photography, film was the most common imaging medium. Nowadays, due to the development of digital technology, this material has become much less used, but it has become even more valuable, more specific, and has moved from amateur use to semi or fully professional. Because of the tremendous decrease in demand and the increase in product prices, there is a great danger of the complete disappearance of film as photographic material.
On top of that film as material needs to be handled very carefully, it is very easy to scratch, incorrectly develop or print. I used this sensitivity of photographic material as an analogy for the sensitivity of the environmental balance. The three photographs presented represent three environmental problems of California through three different ways in which the elements of nature affect the photographic medium.

Fire - a negative burned with a magnifying glass from approximately 10 am to 2 pm

Water - contact print made in a water bath with diminishing exposure times

Air - a negative left on a bridge over a highway for 48 hours