The image below is from a series of "rave video stills," which I've been photographing off the television, developing at a moto-photo place, scanning, and printing on archival photo paper. The idea is to freeze the flow of a video that is in constant morphing motion, using the pause, advance frame, and reverse frame buttons on the VCR to nail the most intriguing still image. Is it art? appropriation? curating? stupidity? All of the above, I think.
When I see the images in a group: I think of physics / 3-d microscopic photography / the shapes that organisms can take, which is a fairly miraculous achievement on your part given the media. I think the imagery you gravitated toward is very interesting--the installation overview looks like an organic, technological kaleidoscope.
As an aside: I think video grain is a kind of "add cool" filter. There's something about the veiling effect of the machine that draws out the alleged humanity in video stills (and of course stopping what was intended to be a stream is an interesting idea on its own). I think the sense of irony, or even meaning, is heightened when the image chosen is not typically an art image.
Tom have you tried to photograph
Hi, Frank, Yes, that's been a big interest of mine. I co-organized an exhibit a couple of years ago around the theme of images breaking down (and their correlary effects in music), and recently did a collaborative project involving TV static patterns. The "rave photos" are many steps removed from the source, but still fairly coherent.
Absolutely lovely. I believe what I meant when I rather carelessly wrote