The mechanical ability to reproduce photographic images has, since the conception of the photographic process, always been a point of contention. Can an image be truly unique if it can be copied a million times?
In the age old question of photography’s role as an ‘art form’ this point has been cited may times.
Most of our time as Photographers is spent in the taking of the image. We often pay little thought to the construction or the ‘making’ of the work. We rarely think of the image as a starting point to develop.
The file or print is just the beginning.
Manipulation and enhancement of images through the wide gamut of alternative processes is one method to ensure that an image has a unique stamp or enduring quality.
Some artists however take the creation of an image to extremes when – after construction and processing – they deliberately deconstruct their image to attempt to stamp their own identity onto their image.
Many techniques have been used including fire, chemistry, scraping, weathering polaroid techniques, tearing and folding. Research any photographers or artists whose work involves deconstruction.
Use an image – print, transparency or Polaroid – and treat it to a series of deconstructive techniques. A series of similar images or identical prints should form the basis of this process. Re-photograph/scan your final images.