/ PROJECTS / PICTURES I NEVER TOOK – Images rendered from text, 2011 – 2019

Pictures I Never Took – by Norbert Schoerner

In an era of visual abundance, this work aims to de-construct the act of photographic representation, encouraging
us to rediscover the processes and understand what we “see”.

Conceived as a two part project, the first part titled “Pictures I never took” consists of a series of 54 plates, reminiscent
of Ophthalmologists’ charts. They describe photographic images, rather than depict them.

Even beyond the digital sphere, the complexity of today’s photographic representation appears to be dependant on the
succinctness of Metadata. But far from expressing the supremacy of the textual over the visual, text, in a conceptual
double bind, becomes image.

The second part of the project sees the feeding of the textual plates into a GAN based machine learning system. The
neural networks then conceive unique pictures based on the image descriptions, hence creating a “symbiotic” circle.

 

Newsprint pre-edition:

 

 

AI Modelling – Text to Image:
The Text-to-Image Generator is an AI system that is able to visualise what is described on a text.

 

 

Plates:
Giclée prints on Hahnemühle 308 gsm photorag, 78x78cm.

Back (with initial text chart)

 

Front

 

Detail

 

 

Back (with initial text chart)

 

Front

 

Detail