Eric William Carroll Punctum
Found photographic prints are sorted by content and drilled in order to create categorical stacks, threaded onto steel poles. The categories such as “portraits”, “landscapes”, “leisure”, etc. are borrowed from stock photography sites. Using a custom-made jig and a hole saw, a 35mm diameter circle is removed from the center of each photograph. This organizational structure is self-defeating–by categorizing the photograph, its content is effectively destroyed. A play on Roland Barthes’ term, “punctum” refers both to the physical puncture of the print, and also the censure of the main subject, allowing the viewer to notice the other “touching details”. Each photograph is a unique c-print, approximately 4″ x 6″.
All images © courtesy of Eric William Carroll