My work consisted in creating portraits while addressing the issue of human imaging. Different tribes of the indigenous people believed that a person could not be shown because he was stealing his soul. Today it is very common to create different portraits using cameras and possibly to hang them on the internet. Such images have been living their own lives since they were made, they get into the hands of anyone and they can do anything with them. So here is a question, are we spoiled by this recording of our soul?
After pressing the trigger on the digital camera, the human appearence is transferred to a set of numbers. These are numbers that express the form of the photo. As sometimes the painter has transferred the appearence with different colors, today they are numbers. These are ordinary numbers like 0 or 1, 2,... I attempted to point this fact to the record of reality by simply manipulating the numbers.
I photographed ordinary portraits of ordinary people from the shoulders upwards on a white background. I‘ve averaged the numbers by using a simple program – the average color value of all the pixels. So one value was created - the average color of the portrayed who represents the person himself.
We live in the digital age and not all of us realize what really steals our soul.