Paramnesia Exhibit Creates Photographic Illusion Through Historical Dry-plate Glass Negative Process

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Office of College Advancement

Ohlone College


Black and white photo of pathway through trees.

Fremont, CA-Utilizing historic techniques and stylistic approaches that take the viewer through conflicting interpretations of reality, Naomi Vanderkindren's ongoing series, Paramnesia, will be on display from August 28 through September 28, 2015 at the Louie-Meager Art Gallery located in the Smith Center at Ohlone College. The exhibit showcases photographs created using a 19th century dry-plate glass negative process.

Vanderkindren employs a wide range of alternative methods that draw attention to photographic artifice and reveal assumptions about the medium as historic document. These encourage the viewer to feel connections to history, though hers is a fabricated one. On closer inspection of the work, the viewer finds a modern world, rather than an historic one, complete with power lines and litter. Like the memory disorder of the same name, Paramnesia is an ever-changing amalgamation of objective truth, expectation and fantasy. This is a world that exists only through photographic illusion.

Vanderkindren describes making her own dry-plate negatives with similar light sensitive coatings as were first developed in 1871. "All my negatives are made from sheet glass, which is typically recycled from old picture frames and windows. The glass is then prepared with a light sensitive coating. There are anomalies that emerge from this technique, such as scratches and dust. I see them not as flaws but as an important part of the image. They are part of the history of the negative, and contribute to the overall feel and visual illusion," says Vanderkindren.

Both an artist and Ohlone College photography instructor, Vanderkindren teaches all levels of Black and White Photography and Darkroom Processes. For the fall 2015 semester at Ohlone College, students can learn introductory techniques in film-based black and white photography by taking ART-133A Black and White Photography taught by Vanderkindren. This course is transferable for both CSU and UC credit.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact Dina Rubiolo, Gallery Director, at 510-566-0619 or visit

About the Louie-Meager Art Gallery

Ohlone College's Louie-Meager Art Gallery is a learning laboratory providing students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience with a broad range of gallery and museum management including; curatorial and design work, care and handling of artwork, publicity, and developing funding strategies. The gallery is located in the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on the Ohlone College Fremont campus and is supported by the Arts and Social Science Division and the Ohlone College Foundation.


  • Naomi Vanderkindren's

    Paramnesia Photo Series
  • August 28 - September 28, 2015
  • Artist will speak about her work

    September 17, 2015, 4pm-5pm
  • Free Admission
  • $4 Parking Fee
  • Louie-Meager Art Gallery

    Smith Center at Ohlone College

    43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
  • Gallery Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00am - 4:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am - 3:00pm; and by appointment

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