soma-trans-lucid 91

year: 1991

technique: pinhole photography & photogenic drawings [color]


Soma-Trans-Lucid tries to combine two photographic techniques: making a picture by means of a pinhole camera and then a treatment through the still ['light self-impressions' or 'photogenic drawings' as H. Fox Talbot used to call them] involving body-art or the expression of the body as the guideline. One draws on the idea that the performer works with his/her body, which is at the same time an instrument of experimentation and the field in which this very experimentation takes place, that is to say, it is simultaneously subject and object.

It could be suggested that it is perhaps a recreation of the space where the photographer moves around, of his/her condition and of his/her working process. This space is articulated between two worlds: that of the field and that of the counterfield of the photographer.

This is, of course, always so, but in this case this implies a real-physical approach in the unique resulting image, the result is a photograph which tries to summarise the whole idea-process.

This image is quite similar to a 'false' translucent mirror, for the opaque body which covers the photograph, reveals, after the light impression, the image previously photographed, enacting the photographer this play between subject and object. This soma translucid, which the photographer selects not only as subject, choosing the object to be photographed, but also acting as object outlining its contour.

The size of these photographs is 50 x 60 cm. In these pictures, the body-print is life size.