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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 may be a tiny fraction of a second long, or minutes, or even hours in a very long exposure. These slices may be kept forever for people to remember. Nostalgia goes so well with photography because photographs preserve slices of time, and we use them as memories of those moments.

Yet, our mind builds visual memories in a slightly different way. It captures images in slices that enable it to perceive and remember, and puts them in a sequence of which it can make sense. Memory works by preserving the combination of these sequences with the meanings that are associated with them. In short, our visual memory uses images to build meaningful stories. The thing is that as time passes, our goals and agendas often change and may conflict with old memories. Our mind then attempts to change the meaning of these slices, often by changing the visual images stored themselves, so they would fit better the new sense it wants to make of it.

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? Reality, in my mind, is often very tricky, so I have a follow up question: Does it matter?
  • What would happen to a photograph if I altered its fourth dimension?
  • Will my interpretation of whatever that happens to matter in space and time, or of whatever that COULD have happened to it, of whatever that was seen through time or COULD have been seen given enough time, make sense to others?


The Galleries

Irises live in shrinking habitats. Their clock is ticking. Love is ephemeral too. Like butterflies, love flies from one person to another, stays for a while, sometimes for a very long while, spreading fairy dust and pollen and helps us reproduce. Iris to Iris is a gallery about love and concern, hopes and fears. Mostly,  this gallery is aimed to increase awareness to whatever that is beautiful and precious and is about to disappear.

The gallery Contemplations shows a few of the timeless moments I’ve captured. Opposite Worlds is a gallery of conflicts, either visual conflicts that I created on or off camera, or conceptual conflicts. Some of these conflicts have found an internal peace, others did not. The gallery Out in This World presents a small fraction of slices of time I made in this world. It often comes with my concerns and love of the ordinary, and sometimes of that which is not that ordinary. Portraiture uses similar photographical methods of slicing and manipulating time to portray identity. It is always about my identity, while interacting with the persona of my subject, human and non-human, live or inanimate.

The gallery Wrinkles in Time expresses reflections on a personal time. My personal time. It’s an allegory of changes that we go through as we age, and grow wrinkles on concretes of denial and disbelief.


PhotoArt Blog

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 photography, photographic art and photography-based art. I think I do not cross the border to the land of digital art, but that is sometimes a matter of personal taste. 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.

Oren Hasson

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