Dust & Scratches


The most common process between analog photography and digital photography is the process of scanning, since it is essential to scan negatives and positive films whether it is to print or just to archive them. The most common problems in this process are dust and scratches. Dust collects on the negative surface and the scanner glass, producing spots and interfering on the original image. On the other hand, scratches that may be present in both the negative and the scanner glass produce similar stains; therefore, it is common to find “Dust and Scratches” filters in the scanner’s software, which work to avoid or conceal both problems simultaneously. During the process of scanning my medium-format positive films and thinking on the paradigm shift between digital and analog photography, I realized that perhaps the impossible and frustrating process of trying to avoid the dust was pointless. In fact, dust should be a metaphor for the intermediate symbolic space, unnamed, between digital and analog photography. Thus arose the Dust & Scratches series where the main subject is dust, the one that is deposited naturally after several days into my scanner. Indeed, a further tribute to one of the photographs that have always fascinated me: Dust breeding by Man Ray, the author of the famous photograms that in a direct way, are also present in this work.