With the concept of a palimpsest in mind, I am looking at traces of identity represented through handwriting as it intersects with photography. I am concerned with the transmissive or representation value in photography when interrupted by handwriting. Handwriting alters the mimetic quality of photography when inserted within the composition. Handwriting in and of itself is a mimetic transmission of the hand writer’s character and essence. My question is whether handwriting or traces of handwriting change meaning communicated (represented) in the placement within the distinct spaces of analog and digital photography.
The seed image for Palimpsest was this gum bichromate with Prismacolor resist handwritten text, “I love you all the way to Pluto.” It used three colors, but mixed up the corresponding CMYK negative layers, to what I thought was a breathtaking reveal.