Imaging Time: Understanding photography as time based media.

A great set of talks and a Q&A at The Photographers Gallery today as part of The Strangerlove Festival. Talking about their work were three very different but equally as interesting artists all who’s practise deals with ideas of time. I thought I would share some thoughts and ideas from the event.

Catherine Yass

Past and present in moving image - This idea of capturing the past and the present through moving image really interested me. As you are recording the present it immediately becomes the past, so is there really a way of recording the absolute present moment, unless through a live feed. This idea of live photography is something I would like to explore in the future.

Manipulating individual frames - I have an idea look at the individual frames of my grandparents wedding video to see where that investigation could take me. As I have been given all the individual frames as images this could be an interesting project in itself.

Light boxes - installation - I have always been intrigued by the use of the light box and so have contact a friend of mine who works with light boxes on a large scale in his work - Dominic Hawgood. As I use old slides quite frequently in my practise I think light boxes could be an interesting way to display my findings.

Pheobe Boswell

Screenshot - I believe the word is still beautiful, Pheobe Boswell -

Screenshot - I believe the word is still beautiful, Pheobe Boswell -

Making new histories from archive was something that really resonates with me, and I think in some ways describes what I have made through my Ipseity investigation. Taking archival material and constructing in a new narrative ( which could be anything from putting two images next to each there to view or by merging images) is making a new history. This is then also based on the ideas by Yass above where we are only briefly in the present and actually al the work we make becomes a new history.  

Filming family looking through archive - I really love this work. It resonated with my ideas of family and how I am recording my conversations with my grandmother. Films overlayed with other images is also something I would love toexperiement with moving forward with Ipseity.  

Immediacy of taking the image - Is this the idea of the snapshot. Possibly the way I try to take images using the point and shoot aesthetic?

  • same immediacy reconstructed when image is re scanned into archive?

Intercepting truth and fiction to create new narrative. I think the idea surrounding the truth in photography is for another time, however my project description of “An investigation into memory, Imagination and the family album” resonates here. Memory and the family album link whole heartedly but I think the area of imagination is something I can really experiment with for the FMP. Using some kid of distortion perhaps.  

Live exhibition where she drew self portraits in the exhibition space. - This idea of the live exhibition is fascinating as it also delves tot he idea that it is in present but is also creating a new archive simultaneously.

Erika Scourfi

Self scrutiny, Modes of recognition, Performative autobiography and The photography network along with The dark archive were the topics of Erika Scourfi’s practice. I have to be honest that her work did not resonate with me very much but one point did spark a new consideration into “Things not shared with many other people” (Scourfi, 2019).It made me think about my grandmother’s archive and towards the reasons for my specific interest in her past and indirectly my present and future. Making the private moments public began to be one of the ways in which I was seeing my own work. The idea that these personal archives in the present day sit on clouds and are sometimes never looked at again. Other more sentimental albums form my grandmother’s childhood are stored under the bed or in the attic and rarely glanced at. This investigation is about the act of looking, the way of seeing my grandmothers images and creating a new present day narrative from it.   

New Memory - Facebook tells you when you have a new memory. This was another strand to Scourfi’s work where she talked about how we are now told when to remember and where the memory is filed. This is a rather different practise to mine where the memories are triggered through mutual conversation and recollection. What would happen if these memories of my grandmother's were instructed to us when to revisit them? Perhaps a new strand to my work in the future. It could some how like to the live view ideas above.