Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DSDN 144 Project 2: Precedents

For this project, Time, I really wanted to find some precedents that manipulate our perception of time. I want to see how it is they can portray such ordinary things in such extraordinary ways.

My first precedent is Alexey Titarenko, a photographer who in his series "Time Standing Still" explores the hopes and dreams of the Russian people destroyed, and where time literally seems to have stopped for these people. The bleak black and white imagery portrays the people in a depressed state. His ability though to pause time for some things in his shots, but then for other things in the same shot, time continues. He really shows the flow of the people and life around singular things that don't move and for which time has truly stopped.

Taken in St. Petersburg, copyright Alexey Titarenko

Taken in St. Petersburg, copyright Alexey Titarenko

The way the people in the shot move but the buildings standing still has such an ethereal feel to it, despite it being common to see that in longer exposure shots. The black and white lends everything a timeless feel, as well as simplifying the overall information that we recieve from the image. This helps convey the sense of time much more efficiently.

My second precedent is Michael Weseley, a German photographer who does extreme long exposures to show extreme amounts of change. His shots generally extend over periods of time longer than 3 months. He chooses his locations based on knowledge of change that is about to occur. In a way, this shows extensive foresight and necessary planning, as well as time, which I simply don't have. However, his images are still very inspiring.
Taken in New York, copyright Michael Weseley

Taken in New York, copyright Michael Weseley

These photos just speak so deeply about the connection of time and space. The time it has taken to make the space what it is, the time it has taken to see the change, the time it has taken to form the photo. It all appears in these images. It's completely fascinating looking at his images, because regardless of the fact that each photo is just one photo, there is so much depth in each image. Completely awesome.

My third precedent is Chien-Chi Chang, a man whose photos usually explore the concept of isolation, alienation, but then also connection. However, a few of his shots explore time through a long exposure, showing the flow of people around the city, and through that their alienation to it.

Taken in Yangon, copyright Chien-Chi Chang
Taken in Paris, copyright Chien-Chi Chang

The portrayal of people in the midst of the city, flowing around and through the city, through both space and time is just as much what I want to portray as well. 

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