© Alison Carey.
Alison Carey’s ambrotypes depict ancient marine environments from each of the seven periods in the Paleozoic era. Using clay, Carey handmade models of extinct underwater vertebrates and invertebrates to use in the dioramas she built for her series “Organic Remains of a Former World.” She then photographed each diorama and used a development process that dates back to the 1850s, giving them a blurry, outdated look and filling the pictures with contrasting light to create an underwater world never seen by humans.
Her work will be featured along with artists Tami Bone, Christopher Colville, Jeremy Dyer, German Herrera, Tomiko Jones, Chris McCaw, Robin Robinson and Curtis Wehrfritz in the exhibition “Not Kansas: Photographers Explore Their Own Worlds,” on view at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco from July 19 to August 31, 2012. There will be an opening reception this Thursday, July 19 from 6pm to 9pm at the gallery.