DREAMLIKE EMBROIDERY: KALEIDOSCOPE VISIONS IN OTHERWORLDLY IMPRESSIONS
dreamlike embroidery: kaleidoscope visions in otherworldly impressions
t’s interesting to find out how much of what’s concerning photography arises by something related to other kinds of art. This for example is the case of Kodachrome film, whose one of the first releases back in the ‘30s, was invented by two musicians named Leopold: Godowsky and Mannes. Kodachrome was starting to be revolutionary by using subtractive methods for color processing instead of additive ones. Such a real wonder it was that film! Its main peculiarity was not to incorporate dye couplers into the emulsion layers, but those ones to be added during processing. This means thinner layers, less scattered light upon exposure, more sharpness than with substantive films. That’s why this film had an easily visible relief image on the emulsion side of it, ... like a sort of etching.
get more with less: those I do not know that of etching taste
Subtraction may give much greater added value in place of addition, more than you may expect. And sometimes subtractive method might be perceived as result of lining up the sequence of added highlight elements. If you think about it, this is exactly what happens in the art of sculpture that laying bare existence, brings out the terseness of reality; doing it seemingly paradoxically with the aid of imagination. Shot in the real, I imagined this to be the true. Layer visual effect consisting of embroidered surface plays as main character in this matter, a bit like the woodcuts art of printing. That’s related to book publishing production, whose Venice was among the most important international centers. Classics and treatises on almost every kind of subjects were printed thanks to that process; to name but one: “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, considered the culmination of Venetian woodcut illustration. It was based on a dreamlike storytelling. On the run-up of big data era, when there are more agencies for employment than job openings and oddly more excellence than samples where choose in, we are faced with an extreme amount of information. In this overlayered world ruled by even more computational logic rather than critical, we may need of subcrative processes and get back to wondering. The series of photos is a sort of musical piece with several scores for each of the instruments: layers displayed in multiple set, to provide an oneiric atmosphere.