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Leonardo, Vol. 13, pp. 313-314. Pergamon Press, 1980. Printed in Great Britain COMPOSITE GRAPHIC-PHOTO PICTURES Ekkehart Rautenstrauch* An example of my composite graphic-photo pictures, some of which I have made in color, is 'Zyklus' shown in Fig. 1. At the top of the picture is a print of a modified photographic negative of a tree trunk that has been repeated four times; at the center is a print of a vineyard scene on the negative of which I introduced several shapes, and at the bottom is a print made by what I call the lumiere-photo technique. The latter technique involves the following steps: (1) preparing a screen consisting of a sheet of glass one surface of which is painted in a dark opaque color; (2) engraving a drawing in the painted surface by the use of a pointed metal tool or a sharpened wooden stick; (3) with the use of a photographic enlarger, projecting light through the engraved screen onto positive photographic paper. Several screens having different drawings are used in making superimposed photographic images. Variations are produced by changing the relative sizes of the superimposed images by inverting one image with respect to another, by juxtaposing images and by employing reversed (mirror) images. The fact that the results of my efforts in making a work are apparent only after making time-consuming preparations and waiting for photographic processing steps to be completed reminds me of processes occurring in nature whose outcomes can be noted only after considerable time has elapsed. I present the photograph in Fig. 2 as documentation of a 'drawing' made in nature. Part of what is seen has been provided by a natural site, and I have superimposed on this an installation of strips of glass mirrors supported where necessary by bits of string. Such photo-documents I may print together with images provided by the lumiere-photo technique, as in Fig. 1. An installation, 'Blutquelle', consisting of a composite graphic-photo picture and a construction of wooden strips is shown in Fig. 3; the photographs are documents of another of my 'drawings' in nature. Parts of the picture and of the construction have been arranged so that the combination would be regarded as a whole. In 1975, I began making composite graphic-photo pictures in the form of a long strip, which I call 'Fotoband'. A section of it, Section 43, is shown in Fig. 4. There are 64 such sections, each 30x120 cm. The entire strip (76.8 m long) is covered by a protective plastic film. Each section of the strip contains vertical bands in color and photographs of two kinds. In the entire strip 14 different colors are employed in painting the vertical bands. One kind of photograph corresponds to those •Artist, La Haute Riviere, La Basse Riviere, ChateauThebaud , 44690 La Haie Fouassiere, France. (Original in French) (Received 4 May 1977) LEO 13/4 - 0 313 made by the lumiere-photo technique. For these I prepared screens on which I drew 14 types of marks, and I manipulated the screens in the various ways mentioned above. The types of marks suggest to me those found in handwriting, oscillograms and computer Fig. 1. 'Zyklus', composite graphic-photo picture, photographic positive paper, protective plastic film, 130x80 em, 1976. 314 Ekkehart Rautenstrauch Fig. 2. A 'drawing' in nature, photograph, glass mirror strips, string, 1977. Fig. 3. 'Blutquelle', composite graphic-photo picture with construction, photographic positive paper and wooden strips, picture l30x 150 em, 1973. (Photo: A. Gold, Aachen, Fed. Rep. Ger.) Fig. 4. 'Fotoband' (detail showing Section 43), composite graphic-photo picture, height 30 em, length 120 em, 1975. OIA~) 1'I. oj, '1y "" H 4' ~ 4- l' ~ yJ: , 1 01-10 ~~)' ~ oz~ or op' 01-'> 3 01' or 09 -13 or U G 01~8 1 t to-LOB t J Fig. 5. Notation for Section 43 of 'Fotoband'. (See Fig. 4) graphic outputs. An example of the second kind of photographs is given by the central portion of Section 43 in Fig. 4; it is a negative print of a photograph, obtained in stroboscopic illumination, of me shown drawing a series of marks on a screen. It occurred to...

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ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 313-314
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-04
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