ordinary alchemy

I have collected vernacular photos to use as source material in my work for the past 5 years. While I have often re-photographed the images in order to make them into something, I had not worked directly with the found photo as material. Towards the end of 2017 I became interested in re-visiting the photos I have collected with the aim of staking claim to what I saw in them in the first place. I wanted to put the images ‘to bed’ so to speak. I am using sandpaper and the addition of gold-leaf to alter the images to better fit what I see in them.