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Invitation to the exhibition Castrumfoto 2012 on a theme Disguise

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I’ve been invited to participate in the Castrumfoto International Workshop 2012 that is organized since 2003. The Castrumfoto is an annual workshop for art photographers from Italy, Austria, and Slovenia organised by the Pilon Gallery from Ajdovščina under the leadership of Primož Brecelj. The results of the workshop of eleven artists will be presented on an exhibition in the Pilon Gallery, this Friday, 14.12.2012 with the opening at 19:00.

This year’s theme is A Disguise. My concept is questioning the term disguise and objectivity. I did a series of self portraits, following a dogma of photography that could be defined as un-manipulated, objective photography. I was doing a mug shot, without cloths, staring into a camera. The theme disguise comes into existence only if you see the whole series of self-portraits. For each self-portrait I’ve chosen a different camera, that is ShenHao 4×5″, Mamiya RB67, Zenza Bronica ETRS 645, Nikon D3, Kodak Folding Brownie 3A and Pentax K200. I was trying to maintain all factors that effect photography the same, only camera and a medium on which photograph will be recorded on, will be the variable in this project. I’ve chosen my friends camera Pentax K200 that records infrared specter of light, classic analog camera, digital Nikon D3 and also Wet Plate Collodion as a medium. Wet plate Collodion is sensitive to blue and ultraviolet specter of light.

The presentation will be simple, 50x70cm prints and under the prints there will be a note with characteristics of the camera and medium on which photograph was recorded.

My point here is that all this images are following dogma of photography as an objective recordings of reality, but when you put them together, the questions are arousing which one is more real. Which one is real? Just by noticing how different this self-portraits are, a viewer is faced with the fact that photography is not objective! PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE DISGUISE!

Thx to Luka Gorjup for helping me with infrared self-portrait and my wife Alenka for the help with the rest of self-portraits.

Self-portrait taken with ShenHao 4x5" camera and wet plate collodion.

Self-portrait taken with ShenHao 4×5″ camera and wet plate collodion.

Self-portrait taken with Mamiya RB67 camera and Polaroid fp-100c.

Self-portrait taken with Mamiya RB67 camera and Polaroid fp-100c.

Slef-portrait taken with Folding Brownie and wet plate collodion.

Self-portrait taken with Folding Brownie and wet plate collodion.

Self-portrait taken with Pentax K-200, transformed so it records infrared specter of light.

Self-portrait taken with Pentax K-200, transformed so it records infrared specter of light.

Self-portrait taken with Zenza Bronica ETRS 645 camera and Efke 100 film.

Self-portrait taken with Zenza Bronica ETRS 645 camera and Efke 100 film.

Self-portrait taken with Nikon D3 camera

Self-portrait taken with Nikon D3 camera

A description list of the camera and medium on which the photograph was taken.

A description list of the camera and medium on which the photograph was taken.

Just a sketch how I was planning to present the prints on the wall. It's not The Gallery Pilon.

Just a sketch how I was planning to present the prints on the wall. It’s not The Gallery Pilon.

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  1. really like this!

    Giulia Boccaccini

    10 December, 2012 at 23:19


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