Hinting at an experience of time in still photography
Author: Vanvolsem, Maarten
Source: Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 4, Number 1, 1 April 2005 , pp. 49-56(8)
Abstract:Often photography is seen as the medium ‘par excellence’ to freeze time, to capture the moment. But is photography really this still-medium in contrast to movies as the moving-medium? The photographic technique known as the strip or slit technique seems to lead to a different reading of the photographic still. Rather than seeing the image as a framed, cut-out of reality, it invites us to look through it, read it and feel the different changes within one image. Instead of holding the photo camera still, the strip-photographer moves the camera and the film inside it, to make a time-based composition that is represented in the photographic images. In doing so the strip image, rather than being one moment in a possible series of many (as is the case for the snapshot), shows us the dynamic change over time of camera and film.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Publication date: 2005-04-01
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