Photographic image is not reality, it’s only one representation of a certain reality.
The photographic image is at first -and technically- a negative, it will become a positive in the development process. This could be applied to a linocut : a ‘negative’ is etched to a linoleum plate and it will become a ‘positive’ once inked and printed. Double ‘exposure’.
The plants represented do not exist as a biological variety, although their print on the photographic image would suggests that they are issued from the place pictured. They are chosen for that distorted relationship to reality.
The latin words -an historical language, ancient-, stand for a certain Truth and tend to underline that dual aspect and relation with reality. “To conceive”, “to receive”, “to perceive”, “real truth”, “continuous writing”, “apparence”, “gaze”…
Engraving is also a physical intervention, visible, imperfect of the man’s hand. This is a willingness to leave a trace, a sign. Red as a primary color, red of the blood, red of the man, of the life.