The mudgrams are produced together with soil samples from specific actively and historically exploited and polluted zones. Presuming soils consist of phenol acid (an aromatic organic compound also found in plants, in the soil as composted form), the combination with sodium carbonate and vitimine c made it into an ecological developer mud. This mud was poured on top of 4x5” monochrome silver halide film using the film as a potential responsive surface and left open into the light for exposure. When the process was completed it revealed different patterns, colors and details. It didn't just visualize the grains of sand or other dust material but interacted with every individual polluted element and material composition of the soil, the photographic film and the light.

This project is ongoing.

Mudgram, Dries Segers in collaboration with polluted soils, 2023, mudgram (on Ilford HPS 100 / Kodak TMAX100 / Fuji Provia 100F), different sizes

Locations of different soils are: Canal zone, Amsterdam; 3M, Zwijndrecht; ASB Recycling, Genk; INEOS, Antwerp; Gravel pit, Incheville and Bouvaincourt; Arcelor Group, Düsseldorf; Mine field, Waterschei; Beton factory, Hoboken; Brick factories, Niel; Sibelco, Quartz exploitation, Mol-Rauw; Car factory Ford, Köln

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