Many photographers set out to capture the world in in a fraction of a second, freezing time to seize that moment that tells a story. My project with Sigma was an adventure to explore the world not in a fraction of a second but in minutes and hours, as Bill Brandt famously said “Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”
It was very liberating to throw away the limitations of ‘instantanous’ capture and look to capture a more wholistic interpretation of what I was to photograph - in the image below taken on the steps outside the National Gallery I first watched the scene I would photograph for an hour or so to actually see what was happening before taking any images. As it was around lunch time three main activities became evident, eating, going up and down the stairs and taking photographs - simply out of personal preference I went with the photographers and their subjects. The process involved taking around 200 images from one stationary angle, these images were then purged of the walkers and eaters and the remaining photographers and their subjects were left. The subsequent collage creates a new way of seeing reality, it did happen, they were in the places shown the only thing utterly disregarded was any adherence to the rules of time.
I have always had a fascination with large open spaces and how time changes how we interpret them. In the image below called the ‘girl in the yellow dress’ time seems seperated into sections, the hallway itself becomes the stage the crowds flow across, the highly distorted girl in the yellow dress out of sync with all those around her and the photographer in the bottom right hand corner who captures the scene.
The image of Regent street below was taken over a period of two hours using colour to simplify the interpretation of this scene, the girl crossing the street on the left hand side in front of a bus creates the only motion in this static time locked view.
The image below of Picadilly Circus was a challenge at first, but after 20 minutes of watching the seemingly chaotic interaction of buses, cars and pedestrians it began to harmonise and I glimpsed an orchestrated movement that I have tried to recreate with the 150+ images I had taken.
The images below looked at how night and day pictures could be merged to create hybrid images that blend time together with light.
The techniques are included in a new exhibition created with the Sigma Quattro H camera and Sigma lenses, currently showing at London Bridge Railway Station which will run until the end of September.
More can be seen on this here http://totallythames.org/event/connecting-london and here http://www.reichholdarts.com/thames.html
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams