Patmos
3 black-and-white photographs mounted on board
5x4 inches each
1 color photograph
16x20 inches

This series of photographs is based on high-resolution black-and-white scans of the period at the end of the final verse of “Patmos,” a hymn that the German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin wrote toward the end of his life. Titled after the Greek island where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation, “Patmos” was completed in 1803, around the same time that Hölderlin sent his translations of Sophocles and Pindar out for publication. I worked with collections of Hölderlin’s poems in the original German and in English and Spanish translation. In a variation on the trichromatic process, I used negative versions of the black-and-white scans to create a color digital image, feeding the negatives into the image’s red, green, and blue channels. Each dyptich in the series presents the three black-and-white images and the resulting color image.

A short video based on these photographs can be found here.