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EL ERROR DE LO MECÁNICO
El error de lo mecánico (The mechanical error)
35 x 110 cms printed.
The objective of these photographs is to show, through a common photographic error, that the mechanical and artificial photographic processes can distort and separate or represent and bring us closer to object of representation.
To create this effect of capturing only a part of the individual photographed, the shutter speed was increased exponentially with respect to the flash speed. The final result is an image in which the object of the photograph appears behind a black block of information; one half of the photo covered. This block is a shadow produced by the shutter while it is closing. It happens because of the fact that at certain speed, the two curtains of the diaphragm open and close so rapidly that only a thin bar of light can travel on the photogram, and the speed of the electronic light between 1/1000 and 1/60.000 of seconds can only illuminate a little piece of this scene.
The idea of making a frontal high definition shoot, uniformly and clearly illuminated, it comes to the supposition of the objective that relies on the photographic image. This objective that indicates that mechanical, that frivolity of the photographic process, which can allow to the spectator to compare between the individuals photographed, is interrupted by this black block as an error that take away any opportunity of proximity to the subject of representation, but can bring a close look to how the camera works. That black block is the index of the own camera, is the camera shooting it self and putting back any sort of humanity.
The result is a series of well illuminated photographs of the portraiture style except that the typical consumption of these photographs, as a representation of the subject, is replaced by a reflection on the process of photography itself. The black bar is the camera effectively photographing and therefore representing itself in a photograph. The typical subject is effectively erased and replaced by a literal and figurative reflection on the photographic process.
Francisco Belarmino, todos los derechos reservados 2018