Those photographed films were exposed in the previous 5 years before my long-term project Palimpsest but have never been revealed. They are a mix of aborted projects, experiments, trips with friends and family moments. Over time, the latent images fade away from the gelatin films as they fade away from my memory. I wanted thereby questioning the reality of the images captured. Can these photographs exist if no one can see them and if the photographer can no longer imagine them? Does the mere fact of being caught on a support made these pictures a reality?
There is a strong relationship between the real and the visible since forever. In science, there is what we call the Observer effect. The observer effect is the theory that simply observing a situation or phenomenon necessarily changes that phenomenon. Particularly in quantum physics, physicists have found that even passive observation of quantum phenomena can actually change the measured result. With this project, I wanted to represent images whose existence is not determined and thereby establish a similar experience of the Schrödinger’s cat paradox.