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When does the photo begin? When a photographer takes aim at the viewfinder, planning to capture anything? When pressing the shutter button? When negative is developed or when print is ready? For me the most mystical moment in photography is to get negative, when immediately after hitting of the reflected rays of light on the sensitive layer an original, yet concealed image is obtained.

This moment of “contact”, where through the light the reality touches the film, leaves its imprint, and is a fundamental property of photography nature. It is because of this, negative, in my view, is a much more valuable if it comes to the nature of photography, of its connection with reality and time. If we talk about photography as an impartial witness, document of the events then directly these categories relate closer and more accurately to the primary image of a negative. The whole essence and mystery of fleeting moments – in contrast to the crucial moment – lies in the negative, and not just in its visible part. Yes, a negative, being a witness to what has happened, other than the image itself (which later we will turn into digestible positive, enlarge, crop and modify) is still some afterword of contact with reality, while the finished photographic print shows us a picture of how it approximately looked or how photographer wants to present it, pursuing his creative goals.

As strange as it may sound, but the audience “contacting” with the negative, with a certain zeal and desire may feel the relation, the contact with the reality which the photographer experienced during shooting …

Maxim Dosko 2012

 

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Print:

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