Entry Title: "Blueprints"
Name: Daniel T Gonzalez , United States
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Non-Professional
Entry Description: This series of 5 photographs are created through a combination of studio photographs and cell phone photographs. They are printed by using vellum negatives printed on a BW laser printer. The images are printed with cyanotype chemicals embedded in gel medium painted onto heavy canvas. The prints are framed by floating frames made by materials found at any Home Depot.
Story: My purpose is to shift the lens of the world to show the viewer what I see. Walter Benjamin talks about film, in the context of motion pictures, as an person acting as someone else for the benefit of the camera. Benjamin contends the actors aura is lost. Aura can be seen as the presence of the actor that the public connects to that transforms the actor into the person he is portraying. With it being lost, what the public watches in the is unfulfilled, with the aura lost the actor becomes hollow.
I believe that with all bombardment of information within the daily life a person is subjected to, life itself has become a motion picture. Following Benjamin’s thought, a person in daily life then would be encountering many events perceived as hollow representations. An event can be seen as a person, place or thing. This of course is not a broad reaching statement. I suspect there are many times where a persons interest can push through the assault of information and connect with many events throughout the day. However, the ratio of how many events a person can connect to toward how many events they miss could be staggering. In this disproportionate ratio is where I found my purpose.