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Portraits

Portrait (young man with cap and stitched horns)

An old glass plate negative, found on the flea market, shows a young man with a cap and stitched horns on it. In the studio I photographed this plate with accurate light settings, while it was lying on a lightbox and on a black board in the same size. Due to the reflection it reveals its image not as a negative (as if you looked through) but as an positive image.
What became visible and what became invisible in my image? On the one hand it is the portrait of a young man and on the other hand it is an old glass plate negative. In my image two seperate realities appear. They each  represent their own photographic significant: a human being and a piece of glass with photo-technic emulsion. On the one hand something becomes visible what is normally invisible or out of focus in photography: the image carrier. One the other hand something what normally immediately draws attention, becomes almost invisible: the image information.

year: 2009
image size unframed: 110 x 143 cm
material: analog c-print
presentation: wooden framework without glass

 

Self-Portrait (the photographer wearing a fancy dress)

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year: 2011
image size unframed: 110 x 143 cm
material: analog c-print
presentation: wooden framework without glass