Video selection from my video installation, “Playing with Process”
One day, while watching television, I caught myself in somewhat of a hypnotic, meditative state. My husband was laughing about a scene on a sitcom, and I have to admit that although I was watching the same show he was, I had no idea what happened. I was so busy thinking on something else that I wasn’t even absorbing the information from the television, except for maybe in my subconscious.
I then pondered on the fact that the images flashing before me became mental fuzz, which made me then think on photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work with photographing movie palaces and drive-ins. His architectural documents are also theoretical, in that the photographer is presenting a full-length movie in a single frame.
I then began to wonder what could happen if I loosely nuanced the theoretical side of Sugimoto’s work by photographing scenes displayed on a television screen. My purpose was to visually capture several exposures in one frame, but to also create interesting compositions and thus simulate the hypnotic effect that a television tends to induce. Instead of creating a descriptive document, I wanted to capture abstractions of images coming through the television screen through scene changes or movement.
These resulting images demonstrate the visual result of my experimentation. I found that when I extended the exposure time, not only would I capture choppy motion blur in some shots, but multiple exposures in other shots. And at times, I would get both effects in one frame. By doing this and continuously shooting, I found that I had to rely on happy accidents and that each frame that I exposed was a “shot in the dark” as it were. I couldn’t predict how each frame would turn out, which was really intriguing to me.