Spéculation

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<i>Spéculation</i>

Double-sided ink-jet prints, laminated on the spot and upside down on plexiglas.
100×60 cm.

The photographs represent the use of an imaginary endoscopic camera between a doctor and his patient. On the instrument of vision, we can distinguish a sensitive surface directly connected to the brain of the doctor; motorized and illuminated optics thanks to optical fiber; and an extension tube used as containing mobile optics, corresponding to the focal length of the latter.
For a long time, intracorporeal medical photography did not exist because the films were not sensitive enough. So when a doctor diagnosed a disease inside his patient’s body, he could neither show it or ask for a direct counter-expertise. François Moutier (1881-1961), a famous gastroenterologist, developed the technique of endoscopy in France. To fill the absence of shooting of his camera, he made drawings and paintings that he could attach to the patient’s file.

These computer-generated photographs do not show the viewer what the doctor sees in the endoscope. Moreover, the very design of the camera does not provide the ability to photograph. Thus, I show medical staging while hiding the subject of the operation. I play with the idea that the tool and the technique are shown while the image produced is not. It’s as if I conceal the very interest of this technique with a mise en abyme. And the viewer can only speculate on what the doctor sees. In addition, it is also a way of staging the representation of the photographer in photography.
I play a kind of game by representing an analog tool digitally.