For photographer Caleb Charland the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. For him, wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. At the same time it is the basis of his practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar yet strange. Each piece begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in successively with the natural laws of the world. The human presence and artifacts of the process provide a clue to the creation of the photograph while adding to the mysterious nature of the image. Charland’s hope is that this work affirms that even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery. All images are created in-camera, on a flatbed scanner, or in the darkroom. No content is created or added digitally.
All images © Caleb Charland