Since submitting Assignment 6 – Landscape to my tutor I have decided to include a couple extra photographs at later dates. Because the assignment was sequential it made sense to add them to the existing photos as a continuing project – especially considering the developments pictured in the photographs were still taking place as well. There was another reason as well – I had plans to construct a flip book as a way of presenting the project. As each page of the flip book was turned or flipped, another date and photograph depicting the changes to the developments would appear to the viewer, giving a better sense of change over time. I had discussed this way of presenting the work with my tutor and was optimistic about the results. One area I was a bit worried about regarding the flip book’s practicality was that it would be too short in the number of pages – I’d taken a total of 16 photos which could be aligned in Photoshop sufficiently accurately. Therefore I felt taking more photographs for the project would strengthen the project and the flip book. The flip book would then comprise of 18 pages which I could add to at the back of the flip book.
A feature of the flip book was for me the front page which included an overlaid image of all the photographs put together, starting with a 100% base layer and then 10% increases in opacity until all 18 images were overlaid. I had discussed this with my tutor also and overall I was pleased with the outcome as the image had a very hectic, full of change feel to it. This mirrored the roundabout in reality from my experiences because there was so much works going on as well as the pedestrians and motor vehicles making their way around the developments. This outcome of the overlaid images reminded me of a very long exposure; in particular the very long exposures produced by Michael Wesely. There was one photograph of the Musuem of Modern Art (Wesely, 2001-2003) which reminded me of the overlay image I had produced. In Peta Pixel’s article: Photographs Captured Over Years with an Open Camera Shutter – (Zhang, M. 2012) – found at: http://petapixel.com/2012/03/16/photographs-captured-over-years-with-an-open-camera-shutter/ (accessed on 26/10/2016), I noticed a quote stating Wesely: ‘has spent decades working on techniques for extremely long camera exposures — usually between two to three years’. I could compare the outcome of the overlaid images for the front cover of the flip book to Wesely visually as there was in my opinion a likeness in the kinetic sense of change in the final image. However, there was not a likeness in terms of the manual way Wesely had set up his analogue camera for an exposure that took place singularly in the scene. I had revisited the same spot many times so the composition was the same but it was not a true, continuous rendition of the scene. Although I hadn’t intentionally sought out specific times to photograph the developments in my images, the images had nevertheless been selected from parts of time in their collective ‘long exposure’. Whereas, Wesely had produced an unbiased long exposure for the duration of the photograph. It could be argued however that he had selected a moment in time to photograph the long exposure and of course compositionally it had been selected. My overlaid image too had been selected in time but the duration of the overlaid images’ ‘long exposure’ effect was biased compared to Wesely’s ‘true’ long exposure. Therefore the (selected) composition, (selected) moment of time period, for the (selected) moments of time within a moment, resulted in an image which was not very continuous technically. However, as stated, I felt visually the two resembled each other and both gave a sense of change in the scene they framed.
Wesely, M. (2001-2003). 9 August 2001 – 2 May 2003 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. [Photograph] New York: Museum of Modern Art.
Zhang, M. (2012). Photographs Captured Over Years with an Open Camera Shutter. [online] PetaPixel. Available at: https://petapixel.com/2012/03/16/photographs-captured-over-years-with-an-open-camera-shutter/ [Accessed 26 Oct. 2016].