Slow Exposure Series
Slow Exposure attempts to slow down the process of landscape photography, simulating shutter speeds measured in centuries and years, not fractions of seconds. It encourages us to examine the meanings of the anthropocentric gaze and how it relates to the natural world and landscape.
The title, Slow Exposure, taps into the words’ multiple meanings. “Slow” parallels the meaning of the Slow Foods movement that seeks different attitudes, focus, and priorities related to agriculture, food preparation and consumption. If the Slow Food movement is a reaction to Fast Food, then Slow Exposure is reacting to the glut of malnourished imagery in social media. “Slow” also means the process of engaging with a landscape. These images are made more as a painter creates a landscape over days and weeks, instead of the brief moment required to take a single photograph. And “Exposure” references how geologic features are positioned in the natural world (i.e. a southern exposure) and how they are weathered and eroded over geologic time periods. The title alludes as well to how an individual is exposed to new ideas.
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Series One of Slow Exposure was completed in 2018 at Windgrove, Tasmania, and featured recording and simulating 2-month exposures of rugged coastal landscape and skies. The series used infrared, ultraviolet, and visible light wavelengths to capture typically unseen aspects of the landscape.
Series Two is currently underway in the mid-Atlantic area of the US, working toward one-year exposures of deciduous trees and how they change over the four seasons.
Series Three will occur in the American Southwest, where long-abandoned human developments reveal the ephemeral nature of human activities in relation to geologic time and the deep time of the universe. Subjects could include the ancient cites of Chaco, the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, and ghost towns in remote regions of Southern California and Nevada.