Date Stamps

In 2019 I began photographing date stamps from photographs posted on social media. I zoom in on the image so the date stamp fills the screen and then photograph the screen with the camera on my phone. I don't really know why, but this uncertainty of my motivations often suggests that I may be on to something. I guess the date stamp is part of an image that is normally ignored or not even seen by most viewers. It is put there automatically by the digital camera when the photograph is initially taken and most people choose to remove it, or change their settings so it doesn't appear in the first place. The fact that it exists in the sources for my images is probably therefore the result of an oversight. It is certainly not the main focus of the image. My decision to make it the sole focus of my images is therefore a highlighting of an ignored part of our everyday online lives, which sounds like the kind of thing an artist should do. The Date Stamp images remind me of the Date Paintings by On Kawara, who famously never explained his motivation. It is a surprise to me that so many photographs found on social media are older than you think. The same content is being continually shared, and has been for several years. I suspect that if I were to finally figure out why I make my work, I would stop doing it.  

CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,
CJ Robinson, Date Stamp, rephotograph,

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