Taking Pictures

 

Black-and-white single negatives, mostly 35 mm size, as well as whole non-cut films, are exhibited as a finished art-objects.

 

Debuted in Podzemka Gallery, Minsk, August 2008, then in Arsenal Galerie, Bialystok, Poland, September 2008.

 

 

A negative the first visible result of photographing is an indisputable document of the fact of taking picture. A negative is that the same film (just developed), which was in camera, and has been exposed to the light reflected from the objects. Thus, it is a negative where a reference to a location and time of shooting is fully materialized. A negative in a full scale represents a thesis it has been shot then and there. Though, any exact information on the actual place and time of taking picture is not necessary. What is important is the fact that it has been photographed somewhere and in some time.

 

A print (a positive image) is always that or another interpretation of the negative, is always one of the ways to present to a viewer what is contained in the negative. And it is a viewer to whom this way of presentation is exclusively adopted and tuned. A task to transfer information from a negative to a positive image, i.e. representation of the whole tonal range of a negative on photographic paper, with that or another level of adequacy or artistry, is a task of rather graphic art than photography itself. It is not only the loss of information and distortions which occur each time of that transfer, but the most important is that a print as a media does not possess that reference to the imprinted object, which is the inherent feature of a negative as dictated by the technology of its (negative) appearance. A print, at least, is a product of secondary (technical) action of light exposition during contact printing, or, the worst case, is a product of another, after a photo camera lens, optical system enlarger (in case of projection printing). Reading a negative, we are dealing with an eyewitness to the events, eyeing a print listening to a tale-teller that saw nothing.