There's more than one way to process an image

An interesting collection of digital and film photographs created through historical and alternative lab processes will adorn the walls of Wilton Library beginning Friday, Sept. 5, thanks to the artistry of Wiltonian Pam Rouleau.

“When I went to art school,” Ms. Rouleau said Friday, “we did a lot of alternative process photography, and I’ve gone back to it over the past couple of years.”

Though Ms. Rouleau runs an architecture and commercial photography business in Wilton, her September exhibition will feature fine art prints the artist has shot since 2012.

“Forty-three pieces will be hanging,” she said. “The most recent is from July. All the black and whites were done of the ocean in Nantucket. The oldest photograph is from 2012, during a trip to the west Mediterranean — including Rome, Nice, Barcelona, Marseilles and Capri.”

As a commercial artist, Ms. Rouleau strives to represent the architects and designers she works alongside, while also infusing her own feelings into the frame.

But, as a fine artist, her work is far more intuitive, she said.

“When I’m doing architecture photography, I’m responsible for representing the architect, but also the feeling of what I’m looking at. I love architecture,” she said.

“But with fine art, I’m more intuitive. I shoot whatever catches my eye. There’s always something to see; little insignificant moments that really are significant in such a way. Things that stand out.”

Using a film-transfer process, Ms. Rouleau transfers some of her digital images onto clear film — on which she can experiment with lab development processes to make each print a one-of-a-kind item.

Often, her processes are brushed on, leaving some small areas of the photographs undeveloped.

Rather than rendering the images worthless, her technique instead allows her to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

Included in this show will be Van Dyke Brown, color giclée, and Cyanotype images, as well as black-and-white giclée printed on paper containing bamboo fibers.

“The color giclées were done in the south of France. The light was gorgeous, and the colors were amazing,” she said.

Not all of her prints were created digitally, however, as film still holds the key to her heart.

“When I open up the film canister, even the smell takes me right back to when I was first learning it,” she said.