Over the past year, Ahmed Salvador and Scott McMahon have been collaborating on a project they call 'photo letters', as a way of communicating over their geographically distant situations. 

For the project, Ahmed and Scott have been mailing pieces of unexposed film or photographic paper to each other. The packages containing the light sensitive materials were altered in such a way as to let in small amounts of light during transportation. As they receive each package, they develop the results and mail them back to the sender.

The play of light on film and paper usually produces abstract linear patterns and clouds, but at times the results are eerily representational images of glowing landscapes.  Simply put, they are an elegy to the fading art of traditional photography, the act of light hitting a light-sensitive material, and to traditional snail-mail correspondences. Ahmed and Scott plan on exhibiting these letters sometime in the near future.
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Randomly drilled c41 roll after lens pics.
Chaotic e6 roll w exposure of itself.
35mm C-41 film pierced through the canister, creating
c41 sent with silts cut into it.
Drill holed smiley face into e6 canister.
A roll of 35mm that was put thru a compound saw then developed.
35mm E-6 film sent in a pin-pricked black plastic bag together with pine needles.
16mm film strip taped to the outside slit of a black bag exposing onto orthochromatic sheet film.
Details of a 35mm film roll sent in a tube full of dirt; all of it then was lit on fire.
Details of a 35mm film roll sent in a tube full of dirt; all of it then was lit on fire.
Details of a 35mm film roll sent in a tube full of dirt; all of it then was lit on fire.
120 e6 sent with drill holes in it.
E6 sheet film sent in a tin foil wrapper w/ holes.
Sunburst pattern created by wrapping 4x5 chrome with tin foil, then pricked with pinholes.
4x5 E-6 chrome sent in a tin foil wrapper with leaf inside.
A roll of b&w film shipped in a taped-up canister partially filled w sugar.  The light exposing onto the film filtered through the shifting grains.
A roll of b&w film shipped in a taped-up canister partially filled w sugar.  The light exposing onto the film filtered through the shifting grains.
A roll of b&w film shipped in a taped-up canister partially filled w sugar.  The light exposing onto the film filtered through the shifting grains.
4x5 C-41 negative sent in a tin foil wrapper with various pieces of flora inside.
c41 120 roll sent with perforations which obscure lens pics taken previously.
4x5 B&W film shipped in a bag full of dirt with light leaks.
8x10 orthochromatic film with a lens image.  It was then sent in a tin foil wrapper with holes.
Unexposed hand applied b&w photo emulsion on plexiglass was sent in a bag with holes in it.
Unexposed hand applied b&w photo emulsion on plexiglass was sent in a bag with holes in it.
4x5 C-41 negative sent in a tin foil wrapper with various pieces of feathers and flora inside (converted-to-positive negative).
4x5 C-41 negative sent in a tin foil wrapper with various pieces of feathers and flora inside (detail).
120 size film sent from New Mexico.  Holes added after camera pics were taken then sent to PA.
A b&w paper print of a lite leak produced by cutting the corner of package.
Starfield pattern created by placing B&W photo paper into an enclosure then drilling through it.
Silhouette profiles created by pinholes punched into tinfoil.
A cyanotype of a leaf; then the interior of leaves was recoated then exposed thru pinholes on tin foil.
Orthochromatic film- positive.  Sent in a black bag w/ holes and leaves inside, then condensation formed w/ the exposure.
Orthochromatic film- positive.  Sent in a black bag w/ holes and leaves inside, then condensation formed w/ the exposure.
35mm C-41 film encased in Tupperware full of multicolored Play-Doh.
Another 35mm C-41 image encased in Tupperware full of Play-Doh.
Another 35mm C-41 image encased in Tupperware full of Play-Doh.
A positive silver print of a hand applied silver neg (liquid lite) on plexi.
A photo of brad nailer result.
A photo of brad nailer result.
A detail from a print from a b&w roll w/ holes.
A step by step demo of a roll of 120 fp4 that was swiss cheesed then developed.
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A step by step demo of a roll of 120 fp4 that was swiss cheesed then developed.
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A pic of a roll of b&w that has been brad nailed to death.