Photography: Interact Interfere

by Beauchamp Art

Ultra Macro Photographic Lens-based Experimentation using a reversed Zoom Lens.

Connecting to the theme of human interaction with technology, and the interference, or distortion, of reality through this perception.

Interact Interfere – Ceaseless Seizure

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Interact Interfere – Ceaseless Seizure – XIV

Here focusing on that which is grasped and serves a medium between man and machine, another beast, a Mouse.

Interact Interfere – Escape to Nowhere

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Interact Interfere – Escape to Nowhere – XV

Ultra Macro Photographic Lens-based Experimentation using a reversed Zoom Lens. Here focusing on that which is grasps the interacts with the technological, the arms, hands and fingertips, half obscured, and semi-decipherable as organic, more closely resembling apocalyptic waste grounds with hairs like lone branchless trees eternally locked in a dying wind, life desolated by some fictions device gone awry.

Interact Interfere – Mechanical Mirror

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Interact Interfere – Mechanical Mirror – II

Ultra Macro Photographic Lens-based Experimentation using a reversed Zoom Lens. Here focusing on the reflection of a friend’s Facebook picture on a DVD (containing the video of my ‘A Better Place…’ performance) and its case. Obscured through this refractive process, the figures become less defined but still identifiable; I focused on two of the three figures in the picture frame, as they were the individuals that I knew personally, the male figure in the centre, Henry, is especially poignant as he is a fellow student concerned with technologically driven art, especially redundant devices – which one could argue that this the DVD is becoming, given the popularity of digital downloads, and the computer itself is an out-dated system.

Interact Interfere – Concrete Information

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Interact Interfere – Concrete Information – II

Ultra Macro Photographic Lens-based Experimentation using a reversed Zoom Lens. Here focusing the traces of humanity on technologies; a laptop computer and a DVD (containing the video of my ‘A Better Place…’ performance).

Interact Interfere – Memory Remains

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Interact Interfere – Memory Remains – I

Ultra Macro Photographic Lens-based Experimentation using a reversed Zoom Lens. Here focusing on sections of spare RAM that I ascertained from a computer that was being disposed of, and would have otherwise gone to waste – I have no way of knowing whether it is functioning, until I install it into a compatible computer. RAM is ‘Random Access Memory’, often simply referred to as ‘Memory’ when discussing hard ware (not to be confused with a Hard Drive, another form of memory for storing files – the long term to RAM’s short term memory, if one required a human analogue). At this proximity, the microchips of the drive could be seen to resemble a futuristic industrial landscape; with routinely groomed green grass at a pre-set length, tailored to give the illusion of organic life surrounding the dark, chrome and gold covered buildings, here the self becomes nothing in its insignificance.

Interact Interfere – Desolated Isolation

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Interact Interfere – Desolated Isolation – I

Here focusing on the inner workings of my mobile phone, and the large quantity of dust that has accumulated within it, yet still functions relatively effectively, unless one removes the battery and/or SIM card, as I have for this set. This is akin to unplugging a traditional telephone, however even with the power removed and its organs exposed, there is still a secondary power supply active, keeping the inner clock ticking over, never stopping until that cell is finally drained, not to be recharged until the primary power pack is reinserted.

Interact Interfere – In this Moment of Autobiography

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Interact Interfere – In this Moment of Autobiography – VIII

Here focusing on a photograph I had just taken of myself on my phone, displayed on its screen, and the Facebook dashboard which I was accessing simultaneously, demonstrating my connection to two networks, the telephonic and internet, whilst commencing other activities, unconsciously disassociating myself with this electronic embrace, remaining aware and ignorant of the projections of myself through digital media.