Challenge #1: “Life in our moment”: Take approximately 4-6 photos of different hours of the day, 8am – 11am – 1pm – 5pm – 11pm, so we can see the progression of time as we are living it. It doesn’t need to be on the same day but a ‘day’ is what is to be perceived.
The years have melted indistinguishably into each other. It makes the past, present. The seasons are interrupted, but feel unbroken and unchanged. As Augusts flow seamlessly into each other the markers of change are irrelevant. The years join ambiguously, like the moment where water turns to sky. Everyday is the reoccurrence of a warm, clouded memory lived again and again.
Critiques: At the end of every artist’s piece, we will be posting the critiques that other members of The Photograph Collective have written in response. These critiques are meant to encourage, challenge, and ultimately better each other as photographers. In the same fashion, we also invite our readers to share their thoughts of projects in the comments section below.
*Please note that in this case, Christine showed the group a different Artist’s Statement and a few additional photos.
Amanda: As a fan of modern art, I’m in love with these photos and the concept behind them. At first glance, it’s incredibly difficult to gauge what exactly was being photographed, whether it actually is a photograph, etc. I love that on closer inspection (and you say you would print these out huge which would be so brilliant to see) you can start to make out the faint lines of ripples, and the recognizable lines of a horizon. One thing which would be fascinating to see if simply a reordering of the photos where the two main lines progress in one direction or the other – either drawing further apart or drawing closer together. The symbolism of water to you personally is incredibly powerful, and I love when we as photographers can explore our own pasts and emotions through meaningful art. Technically, I find the replication process to be very fascinating since I feel like most people would have left the photos as the horizon line or a reflection across one line. To add more repetition to it helps to disorient the viewer, but in a good way. I think the photos which are the most interesting and also the strongest are the ones with more texture and pattern. Photograph 6, for example, is my favorite of the set – it still captures an almost unnatural rigidity, yet the eye is drawn to the tiny imperfections in the clean lines, making the photo even more intriguing than the others. As standalone photos, I do really enjoy your extra folder, however I see the benefit in choosing a color scheme which is all the same. I think there are a lot of different directions you can go with the groupings of your photos – you could choose more as you have now, and have each be very similar, OR you could choose fewer and have each one be very strong as independent/standalone photos. Very very impressed by the thought process that you put behind this, Chris! And love that you brought a post-editing process to the table which none of us have tried!
Maya: When I initially saw this set of photographs, it took me a moment to recognize what I was looking at. After reading your incredibly thoughtful artist’s statement, I understand the sentiment and meaning behind what is depicted. These photos exude a sense of presence, a straight up existence or sorts, and continuation. I think that the simplicity and striking colors within each composition is incredibly effective. I’m not sure exactly how to critique the technical aspect of your project’s photographs, but I’d be interested in how you took the shots, and how much or little editing was used.
Beatrice: Chris, I was really surprised when I saw your photos! I wasn’t expecting something so abstract, and I didn’t quite understand it at first. However, after reading your statement and looking at your pictures more, I think they have grown on me. I particularly love your title and its meaning. I saw the extra photos in the separate folder, and I actually wished you had included them in your main series; they could add a nice variation to the photos and illustrate the time of day well. I think it’s really interesting how you replicated your photos to create that abstraction, though I’m actually pretty curious as to what the photos looked like originally! I think your series and its backstory come together well.
Khatiti: My first impression was that your piece was very interesting and unexpected. Looking at the set makes me feel very calm and at ease because of all of the blue. I didn’t feel as much of a passage of time, though I did feel the sensation of things (memories and such) melding together. I think that the images work really well together; I’m not sure how I would feel about them individually. I would suggest more variance in colors throughout the day; it is hard to distinguish the times of the day – though that might have been the goal with conveying the indistinct passing of time. Your artist’s statement does a good job of explaining the seamlessness of time that your photos are meant to portray. I think that if you added even more information about the location and significance to you it would be great! I would love to see a sunset or sunrise photo added to the set, like the ones in the extras folder, because I feel like it would round out the set even more and add some more variety. I really do love the abstract approach you took to this prompt though, and I look forward to seeing even more.