contendi nel foco

A framed page of close-set type repeating the phrase E VEDERAI COLOR CHE SON CONTENDI NEL FOCO.  The intensity of each character has been adjusted to suggest an overall image.  Click for larger image.

Originally this project was to be executed using a typewriter. The original image would be grayscale rasterized using conventional digital imaging software at a scale equivalent to one-pixel-height per row of 12-pt text on an 8/5x11" page (excluding margins), and one-pixel-width per column of 12-pt text on the same page. Then, using some linear scale, the saturation of each pixel would be correlated to a particular number of repeated strikes over the same character using a manual typewriter. With an array of numbers representing the number of strikes over each character in hand, the image would be manually rasterized using the typewriter, typing over each pixel/character repeatedly as appropriate to achieve a given saturation. The letters would carry meaning both as both characters and pixels. The text was to be a repeated passage from the Inferno

...e vederai color che son contendi nel foco...
[...and you shall see those souls who are content to be in fire...]

in which Virgil describes to Dante the souls of purgatory. The text is in ALL CAPS because caps make better "pixels," i.e. they provide better coverage of a particular letter's corresponding area as a picture element. Also, spaces have been eliminated because they cause a distracting diagonal "striping" effect across the finished image.

As for the image itself, well...some people can see it, and some can't. For the latter I provide this link. But I recommend looking for a little while first before seeing the original.

Lastly, I should point out that this work was not, in fact, executed with a manual typewriter. The process of doing so would have been so tedious that I probably would have kept putting it off indefinitely until the hour of my death. Fortunately, I found this cool website that will automatically convert images to HTML text files, as below.



HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HE
TEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETE
ROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETERO
CHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCH
ROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHRO
MIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMI
A/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/
HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HE
TEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETE
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TEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETE
ROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETERO
CHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCH
ROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHRO
MIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMI
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HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HE
TEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETE
ROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETERO
CHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCH
ROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHRO
MIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMI
A/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/
HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HE
TEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETE
ROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETERO
CHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCHROMIA/HETEROCH

And here, lastly, is a .PDF file of the finished piece, if anyone should want to print their own copy.

iamanangelchaser@yahoo.com

2005-7-29

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