Talamantez, Nathan Robert
Though every individual’s life is a unique journey to experience, people are more alike than different. One commonality is in the types of moments in which they share – moments like birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood. Moments, however, are fleeting. As ephemeral as they seem, memories serve not only as personal reminders of an individual’s place in the world, but memories also serve as the impervious threads woven between beings, creating the tapestry known as humanity. Using current technology, photographs are creative, fixed, and permanent reflections of the ever fleeting second that becomes one’s past at the instant the shutter releases. A photographer’s skill and creativity serves as a conduit to link the past (the photo) to the present (viewing the photo). The thesis exhibit, “Reflection,” enables patrons to interactively engage with all they embody by stepping INTO the past by having it at their feet, “beneath the present,” an installation piece encompassing the floor. Using floor and wall space, the intention was to view a reflection of the past and repurpose what had been captured by re-imaging the medium and developing a new visual experience that was reflective of current technology coupled with experiences, memories, and creativity. In so doing, this offers new media for interpretation and reflection by a new audience to think about how photographs and memory connect to a specific point within a lifetime yet transcend space and time.
Art criticism, Conversion of Data, Digitization, Impermanence, Memory, Photography, Vintage photographs
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