This work looks to make connection between the way silver halide salt crystals are suspended within a gelatine traditionally used for analogue film. And way the salt crystals sit within the salt flats/marshes to be found within the North West of France.
The idea was to see these salt flats/marshes as an active emulsion due to the way in which salt is suspended in the water of these flats.
The salt flats/marshes around Guérande in France near to Saint-Nazaire on the coast of the Atlantic covers 1,400 hectares of geometric shapes and dates back to the 9th century. A core part of maintaining the flats is based around regulating water levels in a sequence of basins so that the water evaporates and the salt crystallizes.
In this way, without using any machines or chemicals, just a special rake the paludiers gather what gets referred to as a “white gold” at particular harvesting times. Rather than seeing the salt crystals as a “white gold” I see it more as a “white silver”.
Below is an illustration showing the basic structure of analogue film and the suspension of silver halide crystals in a gelatine binder