“The series Darkside of Light” questions and pushes the boundaries of photography. There is no focal point, identifiable subject or depth of field… The artist works on a raw and impalpable material: the diffraction of light in water. The photographic shot was realized using an underwater installation (Martinique FWI – 2013), to concentrate the light onto a plate of metal. The image is then numerically manipulated many times, in order to “immerge” into the heart of light and the numerical matrix of the image. The result is a residue, which the artist calls “digital-intra-light”.
The second element of the diptych, called “digital-intra-darkness” is an image resulting from a radical addition of black. This residue of the photographed image becomes an autonomous and raw entity, which emerges from the black and numerical magma: a sort of “anti-negative”.
These pictures are infinitely going back and forth between light and obscurity, between water and material. It is not about the process of the search for “beauty”, aestheticism or even the enhancement of the image, but rather a form of revelation through “destruction”. It is a revelation of the autonomy of light and water through the digital interpretation of the photographic device. Text by Valérie Reinhold, Art advisor and curator based on the NetherlandsBACK TO PHOTO