1.How was the collaboration with StareReap?
Where are all the photographic materials going? As someone who uses film and photographic paper extensively, I have concerns about the development of photography-related technologies.
However, I found StareReap can be a new material for photography nowadays. Personally, I was particularly amazed by their transparent ink; they enable to show the depth and profundity of the images not only through the visual information, but the transparent ink can reproduce the actual thickness. In addition, the fact that the ink can stand alone on its own, and that the ink itself is the support for the photo, was also a surprise.
This time I found it that I do not have much interest in perfect reproduction. For instance, I am attracted to the uncanny valley like in the CG characters (production world), the discomfort that people find when there is a slight lack of perfection, one step before perfection.
Digital photography technology in general has been developed to enhance the perfection of reproducibility and the recording aspect. By this way, they could skillfully conceal the aspect that lacking from silver halide photography. In contrast, StareReap takes over an important aspect of the former chemical metamorphosis process of photography; through the process of adding a thickness that does not originally exist in the photography.
StareReap, Something new that is as close as possible to a photograph but it is not actually a photograph or even a painting, is a technology that can carry out the brand new possibility of imaging that people considered it must be the role for digital photography.
I also have hopes for the future of StareReap, which is an irresponsible wish since I do not know the actual size, price, maintenance costs, etc., but I think it would be wonderful if one day it becomes possible for individuals to own one, even if it does not become popular among the general public.