Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Take 5 - Letters and Sentences.

“People parted, years passed, they met again- and the meeting proved no reunion, offered no warm memories, only the acid knowledge that time had passed and things weren't as bright or attractive as they had been.”
Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the dolls

In Monday Morning Coffee -Take 3 - wrote about time and the role of a camera's shutter.  Choices that are there for the taking - sorry couldn't help myself. Fast or slow shutter speeds leave a mark on the image.  Hard and fixed or soft and blurry. 

A problem with still photograpahy is that the image is still.   As if you wrote using one letter or perhaps one word.  There is no where to go.  Writers use sentences, paragraphs, pages to say something.   

Still photographers have a single fixed image.  That is their letter and sometimes their word.  Sentences happen by combining images.
One's life always has a chronology and, with enough hindsight, possibly a development.  Still photographer's have always been fascinated about images in sequence influencing one another.  This montage effect is the heart of cimema, video and most picture books but their sequencing is arbitrary and for effect.

 Break out from the stillness of still photography.  Try sequences to communicate passage of time. 

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