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 of photography when interrupted by handwriting. The mimetic quality of photography is altered when handwriting is inserted within the composition, yet, handwriting in and of itself is thought to be a mimetic transmission of the hand-writer’s character and essence. My question is whether handwriting or traces of handwriting changes 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.