Longer Instants NYC

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Longer Instants NYC

I love complex images; images which draw the viewer in and sustain interest through the revelation of detail, complex form, color and concept. In the ‘Longer Instants NYC’ series I used a sequential series of hand held camera shots to build each of the final images. This means the content of an image spans many seconds - from 6 in the shot of the taxi lights on Park Avenue to as long as 27 seconds in the MoMA coat check line where the light shifts to a quiet slow violet hue. A final image might be the result of as many as 15 individual photos. I have hand blended the image sequences together in post-processing to optimize the visual strengths of each moment.

This approach to picture making provides me with an unusual ‘Street Photography’ perspective. In some scenes several people will occupy the same physical space (and image space) across the duration of a sequence, their traces layer the print. Over the time-span of a sequence people move along paths: lines and arcs. We can also contrast the permanence and stillness of the physical city: the buildings, the signs, the structure -- with the busy humans moving through it.

Time and form. Color and shape. We perceive.