July 15, 2019

Can I challenge the expressive capability of photography- through a blurring of the space-time structure of a moment in time?

Can I challenge the expressive capability of photography- through a blurring of the space-time structure of a moment in time?

Sarabeth Domal, 26

I first created this process of photography in an attempt to represent the fragmented visual way in which I remember important experiences in my life. In choosing to focus on landscapes for this series, I want to represent the sublime atmosphere of the natural world around us, and how these scenes are ever-present in our daily lives.
I typically shoot 80-100 long-exposure photographs of a larger scene, and then layer these images digitally to recreate that scene. The final products of this series are primarily an investigation into the manipulation of a process, and how the careful, painstaking composition of details can paradoxically create an image so blurred and mysterious. The expansion and investigation into the potential of my established photographic process has led these works to become visually abstract. I see the layering of these images as representing a continuously ending moment in time: the final product is obviously one still image, but the individual details of the single images within the photograph hint at constant motion. This juxtaposition creates something soft yet confusing, but not grotesque or alarming. The familiarity of the natural setting creates a sense of immediacy for the viewer, but a confusion of time and place through the geometric contrast created through the layering process simultaneously adds a sense of impenetrability. What results is a palpable psychological experience. These prints are simultaneously complex and vague, rich and indecipherable, faithful and fleeting. They create their own exclusive atmosphere and mimic the fragmented way in which I see the world: a lasting compilation of ephemeral images, some more clear and powerful than others.

#9, 2019archival pigment print40" x 60"