Point of disappearing

From amongst my hoard of found negatives emerged another series, Point of disappearing. This is a collection of abstract images that have been produced through a process of deterioration; the original image captured by the camera has been erased as a result of its exposure to the environment, the delicate layers of emulsion that formed the photographic surface scratched and scoured away by pedestrian and motor traffic. Dirt and debris also attach themselves to the surface of the negative, further obscuring the original image, while shapes and colours blend into indecipherable washes of obscurity that refuse the illusion of depth. It is photography 'degree zero', no camera and no photographer, which results in no image; a volatile exchange between the negative and the street.

 © 2019 by David O'Mara

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