Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format. What is it? It’s a process in which information of light and color transforms into numeric information, that can be stored and manipulated in digital electronic media in other words that the deterioration does not affect the digital format if you handle it correctly or in other words a digital copy is easier to maintain than an original piece of art (well for ordinary people). I have fought hard to maintain a controlled environment in which I could protect my negatives, my other “artwork”, some art-collections and my more important beloved long-term work “Der Kampf”®.
You must understand that I have opposing views on digital on the one hand as photographer and graphic designer most part of the work is digital… but then I always prefer a paper book I think they are greener than an ebook… ok, ok I will not enter into topics of ecology, maintenance etc… So where was I… ah yes… I like lithographic etching, lettering, photographic transfers, working with liquid emulsions… and so on… I do sketches of all my projects and corrections always on paper before going to the computer. I have the need to see and to touch it physically (I hope that does not sound weird).
I have struggled and tried to ignore something that was inevitable, how to maintain my work safely tucked so after speaking with different artist from different fields my surprise was great when I discovered that they don´t actually care about. Perhaps they were too successfull to care about maintaining their own works.
So after considering many options I decided to digitize some of the works in which the deterioration and storage will become a serious problem in the coming years.
The next problem… simple store or manipulate a little… decisions, decisions…