My first job in photography was as a commercial portrait studio photographer. This experience led to my visual arts practice which analyses questions around identity, ideology and representation. I started a research across different media -photography, video, animation, sculpture, printmaking- on how we understand and depict ourselves and how visual arts are used in both processes.
I am currently working on a project that relates the widespread practice of taking selfies with the nineteenth century photographic process of wet plate collodion.
The collodion process was enormously popular in the second half of the nineteenth century as it was faster and cheaper than any other photographic technique, It also allowed the first glass negatives and the consequent reproduction and spread of images.
Wet plates and smartphones have had a significant impact on the depiction of the self, increasing the awareness of, and the desire to create images that relate to our everyday life, environment and identity: What could be called visual narratives of the self.
Almudena Romero is a visual artist and a photography teacher. She currently teaches a variety of photography courses at the University of the Arts London (UAL) ranging from alternative photographic printing techniques to digital photography. Her practice embraces early processes such as cyanotypes, salt printing or wet plate collodion, along with new technologies including 3D printing. Almudena work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals such as the Brighton Photo Biennial and the London Analogue Festival.
Almudena will be speaking about her work at the upcoming Shadows Symposium on May 18th at Camberwell College of Art.