TEMNOGRAPHY

Hector chases the Greeks to their swift ships

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Mushtaq Bhat

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TEMNOGRAPHY

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TEMNOGRAPHY

Daphne and  Chloe

The term was coined by Walter Gierhl (Greek temno = to cut) to describe these works. They are cut with a sharp knife from white or color paper, carton or textile either directly or after having sketched the contours of the forms or in certain rare cases after having made a complete drawing of the theme beforehand, whereby certain parts were left uncut. These temnographs or "stencils" were then placed before different and varying backgrounds, whereby unexpected and interesting effects appeared, especially by playing with light effects in the background. Some of these I have photographed. That way the photographs (reproductions that you see in the following pages) are end products in themselves and imply an emphasis on the moment of photographic reproduction of the artwork _ the moment when the photographs, with help of artificial light-effects and sometimes color or polarisations-filters were made.

With the advent of digital graphic it is inevitable that these works would lend themselves to interesting manipulations. In the foregoing section above (Digital Graphics), you may see the results of some of the temnographs that I have manipulated by means of an image editing software.

There is a separate section regarding acknowledgements for this section of my works. It will be displayed soon under "Acknowledgements_ Temnography", since most of the works (especially the drawings of animals) are inspired by or are "copies" of artworks of other artists or photographers.

Still Moments in Old Delhi
Still Moments in Old Delhi
Temnograph

Weddel Sea Seal
Weddel Sea Seal
Temnograph

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