Artefacts, 2013

The title refers to the idea of the image being a document of an item while its ghostliness  is a foretelling of the items future obsolescence, and the traditional uses of the word artefact: 1. as and object typically of cultural or historical interest and 2. something that is observed as the result of a scientific experiment.

Called Artefacts, these items are things I found around the studio space during an artist residency on Hrisey, a small island of the north coast of Iceland in 2013.

I photographed these items using my home made scanner camera – a “franken” device made from a modified scanner, custom software and, in this instance, a normal 35mm lens mounted on foam core board. This contraption can only scan in black and white, rendering these glass objects almost photogram like. Close up, the digital glitches (the grey lines where code is missing, pixelation and the shades of grey where R, G, B should be) prove to us these are digital images. The objects depicted have depth thanks to the scanners very shallow depth of field. The use of this camera is a continuing experiment one might file under the “mad sciences”.

These glass bowls seem to have a glow as if they are almost a figment of my imagination. I have been interested in the idea of the camera seeing beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing for a long time and it is one of the main reasons why I choose to work with my scanner cameras. They enable me to capture movements in time that are not visible to the naked eye. In this series, the scanner is again seemingly recording the aura or ghost of the items placed in front of it almost reminiscent of a photogram which records the shadow of an object.

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