Monitorphotographie

Monitorphotographie

Sommersemester 2009

 

 

"Monitorphotographie" is a process that adapts the analogue principle of making a photogram to the computer and the screen. A classical photogram is made by placing objects directly on photosensitive paper and then exposing them briefly to light. Depending on the transparency of the objects, a photographic image of the shapes of the objects is the result. Where an object has casted a shadow, the photographic paper will stay white after being developed, where light has reached it, it turns black. In "Monitorphotographie" a comparable process is used. In the darkroom, a laptop computer is turned over so that it lies on it’s back. The screen is first turned off by the Screen Photography software. A sheet of photosensitive paper is then placed on the computer’s screen, and the screen is turned on briefly. The light that is emitted from the screen in that short moment exposes the photosensitive paper, just like in a ususal blow-up process. After developing the paper, a “screenshot” of the actually displayed content of the screen can be seen on the photograph.