Hinterland

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of photographs of my desk, right now I have more than 2.000. All those images are ‘macros’ shot with an iPod Touch and Hipstamatic, so the quality is really bad, but I prefer this kind of aesthetics and textures than standard video. The idea is starting a series called ‘materialist film’ with the heading ‘this is not cinema’.

I’ve always wanted to make a video entitled ‘this is not cinema’ as a kind of a joke about the boundaries between cinema and video, and lately I’ve realised that there’re a lot of apps that imitate the aesthetics of old photography and movie cameras (Polaroids, 8mm, etc.), so I though that it would be funny to create materialist films with those apps.

The first image of this post is a straight photo of my white desk made with Hipstamatic. The second image is the same photo cut and resized to 1280 x 720 pixels, with a sharpening filter –I’m doing the same to all the original files. I’m shooting just the surface of the white table using John S lens and Ina’s 1969 film, but the colour of the images changes depending on the hour, the weather and the surrounding objects.

The term ‘hinterland’ is German and means literally “the land behind”. Hinterland it’s also used in English with several meanings, all related with spaces that surround or are behind other space.



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