Hideyuki Ishibashi Présage

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Every day, we are able to consume an enormous amount of images. The development of the digital cameras and the subsequent appearance of camera equipped mobile phones have greatly increased photo sharing on social networks. Information technology has caused a new dilemma: we have a plethora of images, but I feel that the time we spend looking at each image is now very short. In this project, I used photographs found at antique markets, random postcards, shots from Google Street View, and anonymous internet images from another’s view point. By putting these images together, I have created new images as a platform for the act of viewing itself. In order to use found images as material for these works (and to specifically disassociate them from their previous meanings), I took great care to separate them very carefully. At the first moment of joining these images, they formed a mosaic-like façade. I then assiduously erase all traces of their being joined. After completing corrections to an almost impossible degree, a new image, one seemingly closer to an original piece of photography, began to emerge. Dust, droplets of water, and reflections caught during scanning affected the work. Finally, the images became transformed, acquiring a new and more ambiguous reality. Now, they exist somewhere between “reality (raw image)” and a “figment of my imagination (processed image)”. With these images born of the artistic process, I wish to give viewers time to rethink the act of seeing and to see the ambiguity within the deceptively simple act of “seeing things as they are”.

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