Hyperrealism is alien. Extreme clarity of image does not betray the subject, yet it is foreign to the human eye. As a cameraless mode of image making, a flatbed scanner will capture texture, gradation, and form in exquisite detail. This differs from the operation of a camera lens or human eye observing a subject, where clarity and depth of field varies depending on where the focus lies. Through the scanning process, a reanimation of the subject is suggested; the dead and headless squid are enlivened through an intimate chronicling of the subject, but also through the process of scanning as an alternative and detailed mode of visualization. This series, On My Table, probes perceptual experience of the printing and photographic planes. It examines the symbolic image of an aquatic couple, alien to the human body in both habitat and anatomy.

© Ebony Jansen