Rafał Karcz's Acid Trip


Polish artist Rafał Karcz's images are experiments in deconstruction.  What look like carefully applied watercolor or some kind of realist painting technique, are actually photographs of photographs. The vague compositions – the haunting ghosts of Karcz's subjects, taken at parties or on the street, are shot on a cheap digital cameras, printed, then splashed with acid. Karcz's friend, a laboratory worker, has made a concoction of acids which he then destroys the photographs with. Karcz calls it "[a] postmodern act of destruction."  He then carefully photographs the remains with a higher quality camera. The end result is a treacherous image, pristine only in its current rendering.