"The long exposure compresses image and text, selectively highlighting certain aspects of the information conveyed by the book while obsuring other information the same way that the human mind selectively remembers or forgets certain images or ideas. Mathias' images reveal an internal existence of books which cannot be viewed in real time, but only expressed through photography's ability to compres time into one static image."
Friday, April 3, 2009
continuing this week's book theme, i wanted to note Jenny Mathias' new project Circulation, in which the contents of illustrated books are photographed as the pages flip in long exposure. her project statement says:
it's a cool idea, and i like the results. i enjoy the way the images are identical in composition while different books offer different ideas or nod toward disparate genres. the top image conjures up thoughts of spirit photography, whereas the bottom one makes me think of the use of collage in fashion design.
Jenny's show opens Monday, April 6th at the Pratt Institute Media Arts Gallery, 200 Willoughby Ave., Steuben Hall, in Brooklyn, NY.