What is the identity of a camera? I sought to answer this question in the realm of digital photography and I want to parse out the identity of the digital camera body. When I think about identity, the object that comes to mind is the mirror and the concept of self-reflection. I wondered how a camera might go about self-reflection if it were being personified. I created experimental imagery in an attempt to combat this dilemma.
While the images presented may seem very far removed from the physical world, they are very much grounded in reality. The scene presented to the viewer is a familiar one, though it has been abstracted. I've created a possible concept for what the camera might see in itself if it looked into the mirror. Presented in each scene is a mirror in front of two joining wllas to create a space for this kind of self-reflection. I thought about what comprised the digital camera’s identity. What does it interact with? Where does it live? I found it interesting that the camera body is really just a shell, which is then joined with other physical objects to create its identity. For example, a camera used by someone on vacation is going to employ much different objects than a camera in the studio capturing celebrities.
I sought to have my specific camera create for itself a concrete “identity” of the objects it finds itself in communication with. However, being that the camera’s created imagery comes down to data. Every image made by a digital camera is comprised of ones and zeros. I found this integral to the camera’s identity and represented this in my imagery. I created a “digital zone” grounded in reality, but abstracted from it. I questioned how might reality look to a digital camera and then broke down the coloring of the objects in a sense to aid in this visual identity.