I am building the model that would end up being captured as an image. I am confronted again with the notion of the bare minimum : what are the things that I need to construct in order to capture one reality through the frame of the camera. I have set up the position of the camera and from that point building up the fragments that I need in the frame. I am constructing the model of a sinkholes so I am also confronted with the question of to model “real” something with is demolish, how to model, water and reflections, broken pipes, wires, cracks, mud, dirt,…
It is really about building the model piece by piece; building up a small fragment, looking at the frame, changing its position, looking again, modifying the fragments,… Each time the model evolves I am recording the change in photo, but also in plan and section, measuring the changes. I thought it would be interesting to record and map this process of finding the perfect position of things in the frame. I am thinking that I might use long time exposure photography to record and collapse the construction within one photography.
The building is still process so here are few images of the set, the final shot isn’t yet good enough to be shown. I will have something tomorrow.
I feel like there is a quite interesting condition that emerge in the construction of a entirely fake image which is : what do we really need to understand ? How much elements do we need to identify to in order to assume that a picture is real while it is entirely constructed. Again the condition of the bare minimum is at stake I think.
In that send I am quite interested by the work of Lewis Baltz, whose photographies, I think are all real, but there is something in it that feels fake, maybe flat as well. He uses B&W a lot, which I think have an influence on how we perceive the image. I might try to photograph with B&W as well, to see if it modifies, or even simplifies the way we understand the photography. here are a few images :
Also, about cracks :
NASA released photos of a cracks in Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf, which measure more than 100m width and some 300m deep… Great photos on the NASA website !