What is photography and what materials do you need to create a photographic image? What is real and what not? You need in any case a negative image to create a positive image, and of course you need light (and chemicals). But why can a negative image not be an image in itself? This photograph is part of my final exam work Changing Composition, 2007.
This photographic image shows totally black photographic paper (exposed to full light without the use of a negative) and photographed with flashlight. Part of Changing Composition, 2007.
It’s from modernist painting and onwards the tradition to question the possibilities of the painterly material, but in photography these questions are almost never asked. A photograph must be realistic, technical perfect or aesthetic.