Catwalk 1, 2004

 

Fiber based photographic paper, 50cm x 60cn

Images of models on catwalks were analysed in the computer and broken down into 6 different grades of brightness. These were mapped to different sized holes that were punched into cardboard similarly to the Potato-Prints, 2004 were these were mapped onto potato sizes or Negative Light, 2004 were they were mapped onto various sizes of square paper. The cardboard was placed about an inch above photographic paper. The paper was exposed using a square light source (light box) resulting in a figure that is composed from dark, slightly blurred squares.

Although these squares remind one of pixels, they are in fact created traditionally, since all these little holes were functioning like pinhole cameras projecting the square light source as its square image onto the paper. By adjusting the distances and exposure time could the figure be made to appear as constructed from blocks.

Although the method is photographic (the pinhole camera being one of the most classic photographic devices), the insertion of an extra plain into the light cone that breaks, re-directs and restricts the light does away with the photographic construction of space. It is in this layer that is nothing but a screen that one can see most prominently the working of the digital as it quantifies light into 'information'.

The figures are strangely closed and carry some of the boredom of the catwalk with them. Due to the photographic process they are, however, alive enough to give the work a sense of humor and irony.