Stu Sontier

These images illustrate four sections of an ongoing series titled ‘collapse’, following my interest in the material nature of digital photography, along with the implied waste. The submission includes two images each from the sections. For the past few years I have been using discarded digital materials including old inkjet printers, reclaimed waste dyes and pigments, old inkjet papers along with faulty prints and test charts. I’m drawn to the clunky aesthetic that failure sets up, straddling digital and analogue looks. The computerised promise of the paperless office had an environmental implication of reduced  waste. I’m drawing attention to the various physical production aspects that are involved with digital  image production, where the printer and its requirements are an index to the production of waste in  digital technologies (a continuation of this series will look at plastic and other waste that is connected with printer disposal). 


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