Having the privilege of working alongside Vladislav Lepoev, at Radlab Studio for over two weeks during our PERSONAL REALITY project was an exceptional experience. Vlado stands as one of the very few visual artists actively utilizing alternative photography processes from the late 90s to the present day. His dedication to photography as an expressive instrument and his distinctive style, not only evident in visual results but also reflecting personal attitudes towards topical issues.

His photography work APOPHENIA, created as part of this project, is no exception! Through this series Vladislav extends the metaphor of photography as a tool for allurement, delving into the complexities of perception and the creation of meaning. APOPHENIA epitomizes the author’s view of photography as a medium that transcends precision, wielding its arbitrary nature to evoke fascination, summon ghosts, and further enrich our understanding of the ephemeral nature of existence.

The APOPHENIA series materializes using the salt print process, a technique relying on the reaction between silver nitrate and chloride salt to form light-sensitive silver chloride on paper. When exposed to UV light via contact printing with a negative it creates the image, with capricious variables influencing the final result. Despite Vladislav’s previous experience with the salt print process, he placed full trust in RadLab Studio for the print making process, confiding in our expertise in the process, for which we are extremely grateful.

APOPHENIA
Technique: Salt Print
Negative used: 30×30 cm; 21×31 cm
Print size: 30×30 cm; 21×31 cm

Having the privilege of working alongside Vladislav Lepoev, at Radlab Studio for over two weeks during our PERSONAL REALITY project was an exceptional experience. Vlado stands as one of the very few visual artists actively utilizing alternative photography processes from the late 90s to the present day. His dedication to photography as an expressive instrument and his distinctive style, not only evident in visual results but also reflecting personal attitudes towards topical issues.

His photography work APOPHENIA, created as part of this project, is no exception! Through this series Vladislav extends the metaphor of photography as a tool for allurement, delving into the complexities of perception and the creation of meaning. APOPHENIA epitomizes the author’s view of photography as a medium that transcends precision, wielding its arbitrary nature to evoke fascination, summon ghosts, and further enrich our understanding of the ephemeral nature of existence.

The APOPHENIA series materializes using the salt print process, a technique relying on the reaction between silver nitrate and chloride salt to form light-sensitive silver chloride on paper. When exposed to UV light via contact printing with a negative it creates the image, with capricious variables influencing the final result. Despite Vladislav’s previous experience with the salt print process, he placed full trust in RadLab Studio for the print making process, confiding in our expertise in the process, for which we are extremely grateful.

APOPHENIA
Technique: Salt Print
Negative used: 30×30 cm; 21×31 cm
Print size: 30×30 cm; 21×31 cm
The original artworks created by @ramble.rattle as part of “PERSONAL REALITY: photography studies” you can see in Sofia Arsenal – Museum Of Contemporary Art till 14/01/24.
“PERSONAL REALITY: photography studies” is part of the project “Alternative Photography in Contemporary Art and Education”, which is implemented with the financial support of National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.

The original artworks created by Vladislav Lepoev as part of “PERSONAL REALITY: photography studies” exhibition has been exposed in Sofia Arsenal – Museum Of Contemporary Art between 02.11.2023 and 14.01.2024.

“PERSONAL REALITY: photography studies” is part of the project “Alternative Photography in Contemporary Art and Education”, which is implemented with the financial support of National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.