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Direct Objects

While experimenting with various digital imaging technologies during the early 1990s I began to make lensless photographs of small objects by placing them directly on the platen of flatbed scanners. I printed these at actual scale and, eventually, began adding texts that related to the objects. In the final version of the series, each print included two overlaid texts that recount somewhat divergent stories about the object.

Text/image relationships have been a major interest of mine since graduate school, and were the subject of my MFA thesis. In 1992 my article on the subject was included in the book Word & Image Interactions published in association with the 2nd International Conference on the Word & Image (Zurich, 1990).

"Direct Objects" exhibition prints, with overlaid texts, are 22x17. This format does not translate well for a website, so the series has been reworked into two-panels for screen-based media.

All photographs on this site unless otherwise noted are by Blaise Tobia and are © Blaise Tobia

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