Stillness and movement: a bodily approach to photography

Wilson, Anne Scott 2015, Stillness and movement: a bodily approach to photography, in Proceedings of the Philosophy in the 21st Century : Art, Philosophy, Techniques 2015 Conference, [Central Saint Martins], [London, Eng.], pp. 33-33.

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Title Stillness and movement: a bodily approach to photography
Author(s) Wilson, Anne Scott
Conference name 21 Century Photography : Art, Philosophy, Techniques. Conference (2015 : London, Eng.)
Conference location London, Eng.
Conference dates 5-6 Jun. 2015
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Philosophy in the 21st Century : Art, Philosophy, Techniques 2015 Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 33
End page 33
Total pages 1
Publisher [Central Saint Martins]
Place of publication [London, Eng.]
Summary My paper will address both Duration and temporality of the ‘still’ imageand Sensorial and bodily experience of photography through a discussion of a recent body of work ‘Fly Rhythm’, a series of photographs and video works exhibited in a gallery context.By acknowledging the inter-relationship between the body and the camera my project seeks to challenge a perceived separation between performance and photography. Fly Rhythm was conceived through a performative somatic process. Through using a custom made camera I was able to negotiate time and space to create a visual drawing of movement and stillness together in photography. The resultant images are discussed as a notation of body movement – a record of bodily history enabled through a self imposed discipline of learning to read light.I initially constructed a human size camera to understand how photography works. Spending time inside observing the way light moves and affects the formation of sight is also a way of embodying the act of photography. I responded by making a bespoke camera that enabled light to be captured during extended periods while moving. My project is dependent upon a self-imposed discipline of intuiting light’s strength and erratic changes, a skill developed by making analogue prints while inside a camera obscura. Once I had developed an ability to read light’s changes and gain an understanding of camera mechanics I made durational recordings moving through the landscape on Bruny Island Tasmania and industrial sites in Melbourne, photographs exhibited as part of Fly Rhythm. I will discuss these prints in context with the idea that light is a conduit through which past and present fuse together in a bodily act of photographing and processing images.I will explore durational aspects of photography by discussing light’s relative motion while taking photographs without using the viewfinder or composing images in the traditional way. Rather, the camera at the end of my arm is directed through how I read light therefore a choreography notated in the prints – a kind of body signatureMy practice enables a new the way of seeing, in a spontaneous hand held process creating a sense of embodiment. By analyzing process my paper will consider how the body together with analogue and 21st century digital technology coalesce cross-disciplinary practice combining visual art, performance and photographic disciplines.I also explored limitations of digital light in contrast with ‘natural’ light by a making a gamut of dissolving colour determined by the software based on two pixels. Projected into the ambient light ‘Glide’ is an 11minute durational work installed at the Substation Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 190503 Lens-based Practice
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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