Vanitas and the Death of the Darkroom

Ryan Van Der Hout

Ryan Van Der Hout’s photograms of Trees, Fruit, Flowers and Figures are luminous, their depth a startling contrast to the negative space surrounding them. A photogram is created by placing objects on photo-sensitive material then exposing it to light. The unparalleled detail of the silhouette created captures the object’s truth. The richness of the hues expresses its essence. The ephemeral nature of the subjects foreshadows the death of the darkroom.