Burnt Portraits

I have been working really hard on some new work for my upcoming show, Analog:  Obscured, with Rachel Mulder at AFRU Gallery in Portland, OR. Several years ago, when I was still in college, I did a project of burnt negatives. At the time I wasn't really sure why I was doing it. I think I was kind of getting fed up with school and I wanted to be destructive. Luckily, the results I got were pretty amazing. For years I have been saying I wanted to do more of these but then I got distracted and would forget. Until now! Here are some previews of what I have been working on.


These are one of those things that you kind of have to see in person. I take the 35mm film that I burned and I scan it, reprint it on larger transparency paper, and cut it to the shape of the burnt negative. If you happen to be in town July 3rd, come on out to the opening!

Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!