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Action/Space Collages

Brian Moore's avatar Brian Moore

These impressionistic photographs each present a collage of space as perceived through movement. The study began as an attempt to reconcile the problems of the photograph; a photo offers no suggestion as to how a portrayed location is experienced and captures only a single moment without time nor depth. As philosopher Merleau-Ponty said, "I do not see [space] according to its exterior envelope; I live in it from the inside. After all, the world is all around me, not in front of me." These collages intend to take two-dimensional representation a step further than a standard photo. The artist's own perception and experience are used to reveal a blurred progression of action through space instead of just what is in front of the camera. A previously mundane hallway is perceived as an elongated haze. A stairway appears as spiraling fragments as the progression ascends. Although the collages display space without clarity, new fascination is given through depth. Architectural spaces are inherently linked to the actions and events that occur within them. Therefore, actions and spaces were chosen together for this study. Some of these include walking through the city, stepping up a stairway, or sliding down a spiral slide. A montage was acquired for each action/space combination by taking photos at regular intervals while moving until 30 to 40 images were taken. These images were then combined together digitally in a way that gives every layer an equal amount of transparency. The entire process of movement then becomes more important than any individual image.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inches
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 15 inches