This photographic and time-based series exploits the medium of digital photography and video by taking pictures of pictures (and video of video), with the goal of altering the original image past the point of recognition. By using this method of production I am pushing against the boundaries of what visual capture was intended for and with purposeful misuse, mutilating the subject to the point of an entirely new creation.
I began this work by arbitrarily by choosing a color, Veronica Purple (#9F31EB), and filled my desktop computer screen with it. In a darkened room I photographed the computer screen using a formulaic system of approach. A few hundred images were taken, then uploaded to the computer. These images were made to fill my desktop screen, and were again photographed. This process continued to the 6th generation alongside subsequent video production using the same techniques.
I became motivated to pursue this body of work while investigating alternative image making techniques, and by questioning the medium of photography itself. Quickly, many questions arise after creating these images. How quickly does reality disappear by simply replicating it? How can I use my camera to take a picture of something that never existed?
Another source of inspiration for this series was from a short segment of a dream I had, where I visited the planet Venus. I had a sense I was on the surface, but my entire environment was made of brilliant colors that were constantly transforming. I was totally enveloped in color – while this may sound pleasant it was profoundly overwhelming at the time.
These 22 images were selected from a selection of 1,852 images using this specific approach. Photo Mutations is part of an on-going body of work.