Digital Images - Orphan Photos
Photos originating from video and digital sources. 2008-2011, 438 images
These photos came about due to an interest to turn film, or rather video files, into stills which isolate and separate the video frame from the context of its original video source. The result produced is a newly formed photograph which draws its ancestry from its parent medium, yet it is a creation that is independent from it due to the many variables which occur. Due to the original high resolution of the parent source degrading into a lower one as a result of multi-generational copies being made, a certain amount of blocking and pixelization takes place in the video. Next, cropping the original video-frame down to a specific selected area allows the new photograph to take on a distorted and magnified appearance; typically low in resolution. The unwanted imagery that was excluded from the cropping process is then discarded, enabling the newly formed photograph to break free of its parent bonds. The square photo format is the final step in selectively editing out references of the parent image since it emphases new subjects or enhances original ones. More importantly, the square format further orphans the photo from any widescreen cinematic references. In the image's final development it is arranged and composed into an altogether new, visually narrative construction by joining dissimilar photos together into a larger collage. Scenes from different sources merge and join to make new scenes, new narratives, new color patterns and new sequences. The captured image files have evolved to become ingredients to a composition in which they were never intended to be part of. The orphan photos have been given new homes. Depending on one's point of view the photos have been adopted or kidnapped.