Digital photographic print on aluminium board
100 x 140 cm (Limited edition of 8 + 1 AP)
Silver Poem photographic series is composed of 55 coloured and Black and White images; captured on the beaches of Brazil, South Africa and Hawaii. 35mm negatives were digitised and printed on aluminum surface.
The essay focus on the physical structure of image formation. Shifting the support medium from film to bytes and after to pigmented metal, I want to look closer to the extreme light reflected on classic seascape compositions - as an attempt to separate its materiality from intrinsic poetry.
My starting point here is: image itself does not exist. What exists is matter. Ink, acetate, pigment, pixels, light, metal, bits, chemicals, textures that become an image because we give them that status symbolically filling voids.
Here, each bit of sunlight reflexed on the sand, water or sky will burn the negative and later originate a white pixel at the digital file, to be replaced by metal matter upon printing, as if an optical state suddenly became physical.
To close the circuit, optics operate again adding a fluid layer of perception over the flat printed surface: metallic reflection is altered according to the viewer's position, what is seen is not what was initially photographed neither what was printed on metal. Now I re-photograph the reflexive work to convert it to a digital file to be printed as a paper catalogue image.