22 x 32 cm
Edition of 25
From the artist:
Particles is a book about the process of creation and the appearance of the photographic image. Particles is made of cuts and close-ups of common situations, simultaneous movements between exposure and exclusion. I intend to explore how dust can be used to investigate the photographic gesture or even can produce other images.
For some readers out there, these lines mean very little yet for some who still use film photography they are a part of not only the esthetics of film but its physicality that we, in some ways, have lost with digital.
In her beautifully crafted book, Anne-Camille Allueva dedicates her pages to these particle lines we encounter while scanning. Zoomed in and almost out of the original photographic context, she highlights these lines and makes them the main subject matter while usually they are something we find annoying, distracting and photoshopped out with dust and scratches filter. But here, they are the main characters of this narrative, they are the photographs and the actual photo they occupy has become its background.
I found this book to have a very poetic sensibility to it. Is challenges the very core of analog photography and its physicality in the world. In a poetic esthetics we are encountered with what photography really is, and at the same time what photography has evolved too. This juxtaposition of analog and digital is capsulated in these abstract lines that are scanned, zoomed in to and digitally printed.
These particles create their own new images within the larger image they are a part of and it becomes unclear if the real photograph is these lines, or the original photo they are a part of. Anne-Camille does give us a clue about what each photograph is – if it’s a wall, mountain, concrete etc. so our minds are left to finish the image from the large photographic index we have from years of looking at not only the world, but also photographs of these materials. This aspect of the book, this hidden void, is what I personally find most intriguing.
As a book – this is a clean, crisp and well executed publication. Its clean design and the large amount of white space around the images, create a fresh and open space for these images. The monochrome of the images is translated in the muted design of the book.
Please consider getting a copy of this beautiful book for yourself by contacting Anne-Camille Allueva by email directally: firstname.lastname@example.org