These Photographs Were Made Without Cameras

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Film is said to be a dying medium, and Christopher Colville took that to heart for the “No Mirrors” exhibit that opens Thursday at RayKo Photo Center. He laid out a piece of photo paper and on it he placed a decomposing squid. The only light source was the natural phosphorescence given off by the animal as its body broke down. The result is a bizarre underwater dreamscape in black, blue, and white — like a San Jose Sharks logo on LSD. (See some of those photos here.)

On several other photo sheets — we're guessing he wanted to make sure the medium was dead — he put gunpowder and ignited it. The visual results are (literally) an explosion of gray, white, and brown, as you can see above. Through still another piece he shot a bullet. What was he doing?

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