GEORGE SAITAS New Wave 1997 - x +

CN: SaiG1997wave

MT: UV print on perspex mounted on forex (100x100)

CT: Mantu Portfolio - 2009

LC: ACG - John S. Bailey Library

CM: < New Wave was part of a personal portfolio of George Saitas on cars, which eventually started his specialization in car and travel photography. Saitas took a photograph of the right tail of a Porsche Carerra 4 cabriolet. The car's color was blue, enhanced by a twilighted sky. The image was photograhed on Kodak tungsten film with a Mamiya 645 medium format camera. Then, instead of the recommended slide developing process, the film was then cross-processed in color negative chemicals. This produced a color negative film rather than a positive slide film. By doing this Saitas was able to use darkroom printing techniques such as dodging, burning and color changes mid-way through printing exposure times in order to create abstract effects. Standard slide printing would otherwise not facilitate the desired effect he envisioned. The resulting 8"x8" C-print was on Fuji semi-matte color photopaper which was then digitally scanned. The aforementioned process intensified saturation and contrast, which created an otherworldly effect. New Wave suggests convex and concave forms that play on perception. Saitas is concerned here with the idea of illusion and the way it allows for expanded consciouness. It assists one to realize that what they are accustomed to seeing as truth may be a fiction of their desire.

[Megakles Rogakos 11/2009]