In 2006 my Porsche designed Lacie hard drive containing thousands of digital image files failed. I used data retrieval software to salvage the content. Most of the files were fully recovered but a handful came back with the data dramatically scrambled. The original subjects in the photographs rendered a surreal tapestry of digital glitch. 

As a child, before becoming a photographer, I aspired to be a detective. The idea of taking and relying on fingerprints fascinated me. The fingerprint is perhaps the quintessential icon of identity. It is a unique mark that humans leaves behind. It is a mark whose structure follows the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence. It can incriminate or validate based on its arches, loops or whorls. It is a mark inextricable from the individual, yet has little to do with their personality or story.

After selecting and printing a group of the most dynamically corrupted files I paired them with a fingerprint from each of my 10 fingers. 

The diptychs are titled to identify two things: the generic, software-derived name given each recovered file and the finger from which each print was made.


5 in. x 7 in. (print)

16 in. x 19 in. (framed)

Edition of 1