St John Fuller
My primary concern is time, how it is witnessed, recorded and then finally witnessed repeatedly.
Using multi-aperture cameras which I build myself, I have been taking photographs that offer both an extended view of time as well as multiple perspectives. I focus on a singular ‘moment’, the exposure time of the photograph. Depending on light conditions this can be anything from thirty minutes to two hours.
The resultant photographs present an inclusive event, multiple viewpoints of a period of time where each ‘frame’ is non-discreet. The information seen is shared by all of them, but with different weightings. Each frame bears witness to the moment in a different way. Some see too much (overexposed), others don’t see anything at all (underexposed).
Together as a unit, as a camera, the way they bear witness to an event comes close to the human experience than the single, split-second shot of the 35mm SLR camera. Although each frame tells a unique story, they all share a common thread, the thread of the moment, the event that they experienced together.
The Icons Series
The Icons Series was primarily shot with Chantal, one of the multi-aperture cameras that I have built.
Step 1, I printed out a series of images of a chosen icon. Some of these were positives some were negative. Print size A3. These were stuck onto a board in a grid pattern. Then they were shot with Chantal. Chantal has a series of lenses arranged in a grid formation. When I open the shutter all lenses are simultaneously taking photographs of the chosen subject. Each though has a slightly different viewpoint. Inside Chantal, there is nothing to channel the light that each lens allows through. This means that the views that are being recorded by each lens are partially recorded over one another. This allows for the merging and distortions that are created in the images. The images are shot onto a single piece of photographic paper which is processed at home in a bath. There is no manipulation involved.