Chris Byrnes
 artist & photographer

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Bio

Chris Byrnes works within and across the mediums of pinhole, cyanotype, vandyke, alternative photography processing, printmaking, drawing and mixed media.  Chris lives and works from her studio in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

HOW DO WE RECOGNISE AND CATEGORISE A PHOTOGRAPH TODAY (Quiet Light Silent Space)

Newcastle based mixed media artist, Chris Byrnes has been playing with ideas about photography in recent years.  At Newcastle Art Space Byrnes’ new exhibition involves replacing the pinhole aperture with a simple lens attached to an SLR camera. Using film, hand developing and print methodologies which have there essence in the science and art intersection, Byrnes explores the power of light as it exists already in nature, and incorporates the beauty and discipline of 'hands-on' wet photography into her practice.  It is only about light.  It is only about the search for a 'real' photograph within a contemporary pixelated, computer-assimilated environment.  Technology may overpower the experience of photography to a point where the photograph may be lost under the surface.  The irony of course, is that this work still relies heavily on the most powerful technology that exists in the universe - the power of light and the science of the universe itself. One can choose which technology suits the art practice.