Chris Ireland

Screen Captures (In Progress)

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Hold Still, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2015

 

The work titled Screen Captures (title still under consideration) is combined from a photo archive of images taken by my mother, who passed away due to a blunt force trauma incident in April. Since this incident, I had scanned over 4000 photos.  I noticed something…I only had about 200 pictures of mom. One of the keywords I used in archiving the photos was “mom’s camera flash”…because that was a picture where you couldn’t see mom unless you looked in a window in the back of the image for a reflection of her and/or her camera flash. I had as many of those “ghostly” images as I had images of her.  As a continued to sort and apply keywords to these photos, I also made inventories of other visual cues, such as pictures of my dad standing in the frame by himself, pictures of 1970/80’s motel rooms and rest stops on vacation, and others.


Dad Standing in Front of the Camera 1943-1990, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2016

 

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Birthday Cakes 1968-2004, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2016

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People Looking at Babies, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2016

 

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What I Got for Christmas, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2016

 

Aunt Mary Catherine erased from memory,   Series of Archival Digital Inkjet Prints, 2016

 

 

Daves 1st birthday celebration Nov 28, 1970

Serving His First Birthday Cake, Archival Digital Inkjet Print, 2015

 

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Mom and brothers after Easter Dinner 1982, Archival Digital Inkjet Print 2015

 

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Valentines Day Roses 1968, Archival Digital Inkjet Print 2015

 

When my mom original hit her head, she lived for one year without any brain function.  These photographs are memories that she no longer has.  If I hadn’t scanned them, they would remain hidden away under her bed in shoeboxes if not thrown out all together.  In order to better understand the ephemeral information of these photographs, I have applied digital effects by writing my own Java-based computer programming code that manipulated the RGB data of the image in real time.  These changes in the image code effectively break the image but not destroy it completely.  These transformations seek to highlight the temporarily of the images and the memories embedded within.

 

Getting ready to go to Severance Hall,GIF from Image manipulated through Processing Sketch, 2015

North Fork Yellow Creek 1946 ,GIF from Image manipulated through Processing Sketch, 2016

Before Easter Dinner (fade out),GIF from Image manipulated through Processing Sketch, 2015

Canon Beach, OR,GIF from Image manipulated through Processing Sketch, 2015