Blog Post | ICARUS by Photofusion Member, Nicolas Laborie
ICARUS by photographer Nicolas Laborie is a Wet Plate Collodion photography series inspired by the Greek mythology of Icarus and looking at the price of female freedom in today’s world.
Icarus was the son of Daedalus, a master craftsman, who dared for fly too near to the sun on wings made of feathers and wax. After building the Labyrinth for King Minos with his father, they both were imprisoned in fear to reveal its secret. Daedalus warned his son Icarus not to be too ambitious and fly too close to the sun but the wax melted and he fell into his death.
The Icarus complex is very much still alive and after completing my previous series “Lilith Spells” inspired by the first feminist creature on earth; I saw many female forms and bodies suppressed by social media censorship. Many movements were created out of it like free the Nipple, Topfreedom, Femen calling for freedom of expression against sexism and equality. In art, nudity has been depicted for centuries from the beginning of time….Lilith and Adam both were nude in their representations.
The nipple has been outcast, suppressed, denied and misunderstood…such a beautiful creation now outlaw falling sky high from a so call free society.
Her obsession and ambition, both had a deep connection with my photographic practice: Wet plate collodion.
Invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851, the Wet plate method is a process using panes of glass, coated with a highly toxic chemical solution, as the negative.
Wet plate collodion is a demanding, expensive and lengthy unique historic process, which can also produce a positive image by using tin or aluminum instead of glass.
Like Icarus, each wet plate was born from highly toxic chemicals; each portrait leaves a trace of their own myth, pain, obsession and desires.