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.

The way in which the images have been treated and printed further push the visual and conceptual intent of this body of work. There is a slight solarization effect which is a nod to past experimental, “alternative process” photography techniques. Additionally, some of the images very subtlety reveal the curvature of the page on which the portraits were found and the ambient light reflecting on the paper. The way in which the image has been treated is also highly relevant. My aim was to both reveal the nature of the mobile phone digital medium and to avoid merely reproducing the nostalgic tone of the original black-and-white photography. Furthermore, a blurring and softening of the portrait gives a certain anonymity to the individual depicted that conversely makes the image more iconic as the specifics of the person fade into the haunting continuum of human archetypes.

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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