Kinetic Photography

Kinetic photography series
2010 – present
archival inkjet prints

Provincetown Harbor, February 20, 2010, 11:41 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 22, 2010, 11:41 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 22, 2010, 11:05 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 22, 2010, 11:28 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 22, 2010, 11:03 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 22, 2010, 10:55 pm Provincetown Harbor, February 23, 2010, 12:14 pm Provincetown Airport, March 21, 2010, 8:14 pm  Provincetown Harbor, March 2, 2010, 12:16 am Provincetown Harbor, March 21, 2010, 9:26 pm  Boston Skyline, View from the Longfellow Bridge, March 28, 2010, 9:30 pm Storrow Drive, Boston, March 28, 2010, 9:42 pm  Provincetown Harbor, April 1, 2010, 8:20 pm Provincetown Harbor, April 1, 2010, 8:56 pm

I have built several devices that rotate the camera in different ways; one spins the camera on axis with the lens, another spins the camera around two separate axes, and a third spins the camera horizontally like a lighthouse beacon.  This motion, combined with a slow shutter speed, transforms any bright light into a bright line, creating bands, rings or lobed figures roughly symmetrical around a central point.

These devices have become instruments with their own unique capabilities.  For any given photo, I can rotate the device continuously, scrub it back and forth, or stop and start it like the second hand of a clock.  I can also change the angle of the device, and the angle of the camera within it. These variables each affect the image in particular ways.

In these images, a familiar landscape – a seascape or a city skyline – is transformed, dematerialized, rendered otherworldly through motion and the properties of light.  Traces of their origins in the landscape remain in the subtly discernible architectural elements in some of the photos, in their titles (named after the location where they were taken), and in the horizontal format of the prints themselves.

Kinetic Photography | 2010 | Photo & Video