Film Photographers Billy Buck And Gabe Galloway Bring Darkroom Practices To The Digital Realm By Selling 35mm Shots As NFTs

Posted March 18, 2022 by galloway

Everything old is new again at a major NFT marketplace as photographers Billy Buck and Gabe Galloway are selling pieces from their film photography collaboration “ISO ESP” as NFTs on Opensea.

ISO ESP is a double exposure film photography project conceived and executed by Billy Buck and Gabe Galloway. In other words, the images in the project are created using a process in which both Buck and Galloway expose the same roll of 35mm film at two different times, in two different cameras. The photographers settled on the name ISO ESP for the project because they observed an eerie harmony in the images they created using the double exposure technique–almost as if the two artists had been communicating clairvoyantly.

The term “NFT” stands for “Non-fungible token.” Simply put, an NFT is a unique digital asset, whose authenticity is verifiable through Blockchain technology. In the world of fine art, owning an NFT is a way to own a genuinely one-of-a-kind piece of art that is wholly experienced in the digital realm. Opensea bills itself as “the world’s first and largest NFT marketplace. About $3.5 Billion USD worth NFTs are traded on Opensea every month. Buck and Galloway’s ISO ESP project brings a novel element of fine art film photography to the NFT marketplace. There are presently four images from the ISO ESP project for sale as NFTs on Opensea with starting bid prices of 0.0 Ethereum.

Billy Buck is an artist working in the mediums of film photography and painting. He resides in Seattle. Buck attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown his work widely in Chicago, in New York, in the United Kingdom, and in Europe.

Gabe Galloway is a traditional darkroom film photographer and civil rights lawyer in Chicago. Galloway taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2011 to 2017. He is the President Emeritus of Latitude, Chicago's community digital lab. His piece, "Untitled From The Camera Club Project" is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Persons seeking more information about the ISO ESP may contact Gabe Galloway at [email protected] or Billy Buck and [email protected].
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Last Updated March 18, 2022