The artwork under the “re-photography” label consists of images created by using my mobile phone camera to gather, edit and reproduce images from printed books, magazine and papers. My use of “re-photography” is telling for our image-saturated, visually over-stimulated generation, as is the use of a mobile phone camera – the simple camera of our time. The technology is currently (in 2009) at a point where it still a low resolution image capture but has become ubiquitous and a feature on most mobile phones or PDA’s. For this reason, photography made with mobile phone cameras, in particular before the resolution technology advances to become indistinguishable from other types of digital cameras, is and important record of this step in the history of photography and lens-based imagery.
Finally, mobile phone cameras are a low-resolution way of creating digital images. For this reason, I have allowed swathes of multi-coloured pixels to be revealed in some areas. By exposing the underlying layer in these very low resolution digital images I feel that I have achieved a painterly and aesthetic use of pixelation and digital artifacts – both marks native to the digital medium but typically shunned and erased by laborious methods or conversely, used in an exaggerated, overly simplistic and mosaic-like fashion.
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