First new Simultaneity images in quite a while. It seems I am not quite yet done with this project.
My approach has changed slightly though the goal is the same: Simultaneity is a visual representation of experiencing the natural environment. They describe an experience, working like poetry but with images instead of words. I use my tools in unconventional ways, with my own techniques that allow me to inject extra meaning into an image. A conventional photograph isn’t expressive enough alone (and is burdened with its own traditions and expectations), so ‘unconventional photography’ is where I work. I don’t even like calling them “photographs”.
I now recognize that these experiences are highly personal, and that they are unique to me. I am not and cannot be an impartial observer… I can’t remove myself from the work. The artist is always present. These new images illustrate this.
Simultaneity is essentially on-site photographic collage. I ‘build-up’ the image (and ‘build-up’ meaning) by combining many faint exposures. Each superimposed exposure is nearly invisible by itself, but when combined together with many others, the image is formed. Overlapping bright areas get brighter. Darker elements stay dark. All of these pictures are combined ‘in-camera’, so I don’t quite know the result until I’ve finished. Chance and discovery are important to success.
I find this method of creating very empowering: it allows me to show more than a single point of view, I can emphasize an element by including it multiple times, or do the opposite by ‘working around it.’ Like a painter, this work is additive; to start with nothing and add elements to create the image. The resulting abstractions are both less and more descriptive than a single image alone.
Simultaneity No.88-92. (2017). Photographs, 20×16″.