Employing a process which allows her to record shadows and subtle variations of light and colour directly, Susan Derges has become an internationally renowned artist for her use of camera-less photography. Through an alchemical transformation, Derges' striking and powerful images of her surrounding natural environment are often formed as photograms, or impressions created without a lens which use torches, moonlight and flash to capture the image onto positive photographic paper. This method has also been utilized by her contemporaries such as Adam Fuss and Garry Fabian Miller.
Derges has always been interested in the creative relationship between art and science and in 2000 she conducted research at the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. In her most recent works, including Starfield - Cyprus, Derges has made use of the night itself as an open air darkroom, an innovation which is unprecedented and entirely her own. Harkening back to nineteenth century photographers' experimental attempts to expand the aesthetic possibilities of the medium, Derges continually seeks new photographic innovations. By using combined camera based and camera-less techniques in her tracking of the night sky, Derges creates works which are at once surreal and dream like, transforming the possibilities of a photographic work into something fanciful and otherworldly.