Family album
(father, mother, sister)

59 x 42 cm


Enar de Dios Rodriguez writes photographs. While she does she never knows how those light-writings will turn out to be. So far she wrote portraits of her friends and family. In a meditative state only lit by the red darkroom light Enar remembers the portrayed in order to visualize memories stored within her whilst the awoken emotions make her laserpointer-holding hand move.

The portrait series she makes have a very distinct character in their hard contrast and the vast count of what seems to be strokes but is really the imprint the light leaves on the silver-gelatin paper. Whilst photography made with a camera captures only a fragment of a second these descriptions already share a glance of continuance. But dealing with the photographic image and its role in the reminiscence of people is what makes this artwork so refined. Whilst machine-made pictures (pictures drawn by the "pencil of nature") manipulate our perception of the past because they fail their attempt to objectively document events and persons the drawn or written portraits are not manipulative because they openly state their subjectivity.

So when processing such an Image first an accumulation of memory takes place, the brain of the artist constructs an imagined pre-image which her brain then translates into a gesture which will then constitute the invisible potential image on the photographic paper. To understand this capability the paper needs to be developed. Outside the darkroom we see a new option for photographic imaging. We see a way of memorizing without browsing in an album.

Christian Kurz