Oren Hasson: My Pictorial Swift CV
Light Upon A Time – My Photographic Art
Photography is about time no less than it is about light.
Cameras slice time onto a visual platform. Each slice is made of a predetermined time interval. Often, these times intervals are no longer than a tiny fraction of a second, but sometimes they are extended to minutes or even hours in long exposures photography. These slices may be kept forever for people to remember. Nostalgia goes so well with photography because we use these preserved slices of time, photographs, to refresh or rebuilt memories of important moments. Our brain then takes these visual memories, and use them to build meaningful stories.
Photographs slow down memory shifts by keeping certain visual slices of time intact. In effect, they constrain interpretation alterations. When anchored at family albums, memories either revert to previous interpretations, or our minds takes the effort to make a new sense of them (i.e., a new story) by reconstructing life determining moments in and around these photographs. Photo Therapy is built upon such processes.
Sliding Along The Fourth Dimension
When I shoot a photograph or create an image, the fourth dimension, Time, is always on my mind. I always keep asking:
- Is this a true representation of reality?
- What would happen to a photograph if I altered its fourth dimension?
- Will my interpretation of space in time via my choice of photography method, of whatever that was seen or COULD have been seen through time, make sense to others?
- Does any of these matter?
As reality, in my mind, is a tricky business, certainly when related to photography, I put no less weight on the fact that I use photography to tell a story, namely, my interpretation of reality.
I have condensed my photographs, like droplets in a cloud, into galleries. Many of my photographs were taken on the fly, with no particular goal in mind other than expressing what I saw and sensed. Over years of photography, however, I connected and linked photographs to threads of ideas and interpretations that I have been followed up whenever opportunities came up. Most galleries were built this way.
Other images were created on an assignment with certain intentional creative, ideological or emotional goals in mind. The longest project I did was a seven years project of photographing the eight Israeli oncocyclus irises in their natural habitats. By combining photographs with writing, my gallery Iris to Iris expresses my deep concern regarding the ecological fragility of these endemic and endangered flowers, and my emotional reaction to their incredible beauty and vulnerability. This project will turn into a book.
The gallery Wrinkles in Time was built as a personal project to which I was powerfully drawn and compelled to complete, when photography and real life events mixed and coevolved. It is an allegory story of changes that we go through time, as we age and develop denial and disbelief about wrinkles written by the unstoppable time flow. This too will turn into a book.
I have been recently involved in some other major photography projects. One of them is a solo exhibition planned for the coming spring. For about six months I photographed the activity of Etgarim (Challenges), a Israeli non-profit organization that joins volunteers with people of mental or physical disabilities to do sport activities in the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. For obvious reasons, I will upload a gallery of this project only when the exhibition will be open to the public. Its sales will be my contribution to the organization. The entire exhibition is based on spacetime photography (see Spacetime Photography gallery), in which I show the vibe of challenged cycling through the park.
My blog gives me the opportunity to elaborate on details of the creation of certain images, including their use of Time and of special photography or post-processing techniques. I also use the blog to ask philosophical questions about art and photography, and on the boundaries between Documenting Photography, Photographic Art and Photography-Based Art. Other posts are more technical, presenting tips and guides to special techniques of photography and of post processing, or on the presentation of photos on the web.
Teaching Photography and Postprocessing
Using my experience in teaching at all levels, academic and otherwise, and my knowledge and in photography and postprocessing techniques of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, I have been teaching photography online and offline, to groups and individuals.