Photograms are cameraless photographic images,
printed in the darkroom with traditional processes, a
welcome alternative to lens-based and digital images
we are becoming accustomed to seeing regularly.
Buckley creates abstract light drawings with Polaroid
type 809 color film, often a product of multiple
exposures. After arranging various-sized glass filters
or other organic material on the surface of the film in
complete darkness, he then exposes it to light and
processes the film. The results are a blend of soft
shapes and luminescent colors which move across
the surface of the print with depth and fluidity. Each
photogram is a unique 8 x 10 original. The artist
makes two larger sizes available by making high-
quality scans and C-prints at 20 x 24 and 30 x 40.
As of 2008, the film used in Buckley’s photograms is
no longer available. Polaroid Corporation has
discontinued manufacturing its instant film.