There are old postcards and ephemeral photographs in my collection. Mediocre sceneries are in monochrome pictures. Anonymous people who were photographed are saying from the past, ― I am here ―. This series of visual poetry is made with old postcards. To say precisely, I will first photograph old pictures with a digital camera and output them. Photographs will be output leaving data of that date. I will create visual poems with prints which are output and I will photograph them with my camera. Now, these pieces of visual poetry in front of me leave data of the photographed date in my computer.
Roland Barthes has written in Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography:
“The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.”
Roland Barthes expressed the photography as punctum.
Let me translate punctum as it relates to my visual poetry.
The sense to be drawn to details.
And proof of life beyond the moment.