Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis
Temporal Presence is an exhibition consisting of photographic collage and video. This work depicts how photography distorts viewers perception of time and space. This is done through the photographing of a walk on a path in a large wooded area that has been collaged together, as well as a location that has been photographed every week over the course of 7 months and then combined into one video. The path is photographed in 30 minute increments and then collaged together to create the full time frame. Through the use of collage, the repetition of the path that forms a continuous line allows the viewer to follow along this path. Viewers see the path itself but are also given views of the surrounding area, replicating how one might investigate their surroundings as they go on a walk. For the video, a photo of this location is taken every week and then transferred into video. Viewers watch as each photo slowly blends together. Both the video and collage show various weather and lighting conditions to add to the depiction of time passing and create an immersive environment. The time needed to walk this path, as well as the time represented in the video is documented and distorts the viewers perception of that specific amount of time. This work was inspired by multiple historical and contemporary artists, such as, the artists of the Rephotographic Survey Project, James Benning, and Stephen Wilkes. David Hockney was also a major influence, specifically, Hockney’s photographic collages and his desire to photograph the way the eye sees, including full views of the space and smaller details.
This body of work depicts how photography can change ones perception of time, reality and space. This is accomplished by revealing how time and space that occurs within a series of photographs can be condensed.This work depicts the importance of the photographer’s hand and how it changes viewers perceptions.