Monday, 24 March 2008
(in)visible exchange relic 6
a work as documentation of an experience that was started in the nunnery closet and then developed further out of the onward journey of a participant's relic.....as emailed to me, big thanks. to me, the relic has shifted its' identity-i like the repetition of the image in the bottom one- a kind of play on the uniqueness of each traditional darkroom photogrammed image set against the multiples possible in the digital darkroom and the original individual private experience now posted to many and publicly on this blog....repetition was a common theme in apparatus and actions in the closet- key locking, uses of multiple boxes- matchbox, keepsake box , pocket 'box', photographic paper box, the closet as a box.....
i also really like what digital allows in this instance- working against the temporal quality of the unfixed photogram it 'stops' the image in is tracks of it gradual complete fade to black by allowing its capture in its current momentary state-here the duplication of tonal qualities, the solarising effects, the edgey lines- points to the impossibility of the multiples of the 'one off' and thus shows how the story was 'multipled' as it were to the 67 participants- told and re-told using the same matchbox objects with the uniquely different photogrammed outcomes. this image goes someway to clarify for me the issues separating digital manipulation from traditional darkroom photography to look to future work :)