it’s a movie theater,
it’s a still camera,
it’s a darkroom.
It’s a veil though which we can see the world.
The camera views the world as it goes by. Views layers of realities; superimpose them. Views the world just outside; a world you would hardly stop to look at - to look across the street; to look down the street – however, the camera permits that. The projected flipped image in the dark gallery creates a separation. Through this veiled the viewer ventures back into the world as this separation allows him to simultaneously
As you enter into the camera and into the image-making chamber, light collides bringing forward new constellations, forms, figures… absorbing them, revealing them to the world, co-constructing them between the camera and the I.
I am the aperture. I am the shutter. I am the focus. I am the camera.
Being the camera comes with certain freedoms. I now have control over the projection plan. I can stitch it together, move it, bend it, curve it, kiss it, draw on it, hold it, lift it, let it fall, split it into twenty different plans.
There is a great aspect of education in this project, the interaction with a curious audience. The education of me as I experiment with exposure and developing inside the camera. The back part of the Gallery/ camera has become a darkroom. Here the exposed paper is developed. In that sense it is a very empathetic project; it is being build between us, and the things we see.
The last couple of year I have been doing a lot of experiments with 35mm film multiple exposure. Doing multiple exposures with a analog film camera, has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I can see that I can do it, I have the pictures to prove it, but I always have an ambiguity feeling about it; I couldn’t see what was going on. I think constructing the camera/ darkroom has been my way of trying to understand multiple exposure photography. To get in between it; to get in it.