Sight Seeing | 感光

Works | 2015年04月15日(水)







Photograph a person, in darkness, with exposure time of one minute or more.

I’ve never faced a subject in a honest manner using photographic media. Sometimes I staged (Strangers), sometimes I went virtual (You were there in front of me). I never thought that I would be qualified to call myself a photographer, in the end, what I wanted from shooting sessions were not photographs themselves, but relationships formed there. Even if the situation was staged, even if the whole thing seemed like a detour, I looked for a possibility. I liked the slowness of the process.

During the time of daguerreotypes (those staged, gentle portraits), when the exposure took minutes, what went through between the photographer and the photographed? During the motionless, awkward minutes, there seemed to be a possibility to create trust and intimacy between the two. A subtle breeze that causes gentle blur. Nevertheless, my digital DSR will finish an exposure within a blink, it can only portray an instant.

I can put the lights off, then. So that the exposure takes much longer. In the dark room, without moving, I face the subject for minutes. The camera will slowly record him with the help of the dimmest of the available lights. Darkness can be an escape, but darkness enables the camera to capture things that elude our poor eyesight. In the forced, nevertheless honest minutes, what sort of relationship will be established between us? And what will the images show?

Futoshi Miyagi