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Hands – A Mystery 2

Marked Hand


Hand Can1


Marked Hand 2


I have been exploring some processes & effects that link modern mass media with some of humanity’s earliest  interpretations  & depictions of both the natural world &  inner world. There have been experiments with intentionally degrading audio by making copies of copies to reduce the sound to a basic form.  I tried to do something similar  with recent photographs of my hand. By making line copies of the original image over and over and then layering them together I created line images that have the characteristics of  entoptic imagery.


Hand Can 2


As reported in the earlier post ,    one type of entoptic imagery is called a ‘form-constant’ by some scholars, is also produced beyond the eye in the visual cortex. These images are generally geometric in pattern and originate in the nervous system.  What is of interest to those in the fields of anthropology and the historical development of art & mass media is how these geometric patterns,  which have their roots in altered states of consciousness,  can be seen in the artwork of a variety of indigenous cultural groups. In fact such patterns are part of the early cave art  that can be found in a number of locations around the globe.


Marked Hand 2L


I find it very intriguing that by intentionally degrading an image using modern mass media  methods you not only reveal an inner pattern , but that these new images share in the characteristics of early sacred tribal art that appears to be universal . Are we imposing meaning or are we revealing the inner codes and conventions of our perceptions of reality ? Tony of  Xraypics has been exploring a similar line of creative expression through his manipulation of x-ray photographs.  Starting with images that reveal the inner physical reality of an individual’s health, Tony goes on to explore the social & psychological realities beyond the body.  As I commented to him earlier, we are, through the use of modern mass media, simply painting our visions on the walls of our digital caves.


Hand Can 5


5 responses

  1. Many thanks for the pingback. At the moment I’m not able to spend as much time as I’d like on the artwork, however my mind has been working along similar lines. I hope to put something interesting up soon. Hands, anyway are evocative – the only part of dissection in my medical training that upset me was working on the hand. I quickly decided not to be a hand surgeon. But your digital manipulation is revealing an even more basic emotion, particularly Nos 1 and 4. Cheers, Tony

    June 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    • elmediat

      I recently had a minor injury to my hand. I did a B&W photo and then did the can shot . Started playing with things to see what I could get. I have a few more variations that I may post later.
      Interesting how certain images evoke personal recollections & emotional responses..

      June 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

  2. There is no denying how interesting your results are. As you state some of the similarities in your results to historic or even prehistoric artwork could make me question those older pieces.

    June 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

    • elmediat

      What captured my attention is how we seem to use modern technology to somehow create earlier cultures’ world view or use the technology to emulate a mythic reality. The recent Ghost Bride Coin from the Canadian Mint is a good example. I thought that coin would easily fit in the pocket of a student from Hogwarts. 😀

      June 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

      • I had to go google that coin. It is very cool and you are right…Hogwarts.

        June 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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