Camera Self-Portrait

037_0001 copy-headerSeries of 50 images – 2012

A digital camera records 10 seconds absolute darkness. When viewing this video you see a completely black screen, the image bears no visible information.

With digital long-time-exposure all the frames are layered over each other and mathematically added together.

10 sec x 25 frames / sec = 250 frames

The result is an abstract image. This image information is con- tained in each image that is taken with this camera, just many times weaker (factor 250).

This phantom-image is a “bug” that is indeed so low that it is actually not visible, but is contained in each picture. It could be understand as a digital fingerprint or as an individual attribute of each camera.

Even cameras of the same type and range are different.