Jonito Aerts Arguelles, Eigengrau
master beeldende kunsten - fotografie
I started this research pondering the duality of photography. On the one hand photography is very ephemeral. It captures a fleeting moment in time. At the same time it is a very robust thing, the moment is preserved for all time.
This same duality can be found in the phenomenon that I experiment with in my work. The positive afterimage. This phenomenon is created when a person, standing in a dark room, experiences a short flash of light. This results in a ‘positive’ afterimage of whatever the person was looking at at the time. Every afterimage is unique and can’t be captured by any technique we have available at the time.
Studying this afterimage therefore becomes an exercise in studying its effects, its lingering traces on the people that experienced them.
A special thank you to:
Stijn Van Dingenen, Marie Snauwaert, Regis Dragonetti, Alexander Saenen, Oliver Boulton, Lore Viaene, Elizabeth Geerts, Sjoerd Houben and Lore Horre.
And thank you to all the subjects that participated in my experiments.