Jun 14, 2013

Fine Art Friday: Matthew Pillsbury - "Time Frame" Series

The first thing that stuck out to me in the image above is the still shots of the thankless museum docents in the corner of this hour-long exposure by photographer Matthew Pillsbury. As part of a larger series using this technique in museums around the globe, this image particularly captures the things I noticed the first time I saw the Mona Lisa in person, the tourists buzzing around. Though you can't see it in this photo, the painting itself is roped off and behind glass, so even folks who trekked from around the world can't see it up close. The fact that the docents sit still in the corner, while the visitors buzz around them makes me wonder if they even care about the art that makes the tourists go nuts.

For the full description, check out the blurb below from Katie Hosmer:

As visitors zip in and out of museums and exhibits around the world, the consistent presence of the artwork is all that remains still. Photographer Matthew Pillsbury documents this active motion using his signature style which features long exposures and natural light. In his series, entitled "Time Frame", the details of the interior space and architecture remain still and crisp while the blur of people move in and out of the frame.

His unique aesthetic is produced by using a large format 8x10 camera and exposures that range from minutes to hours. The black and white images allow viewers to see the space as permanent within the composition while the subjects are merely indistinct, ghostly memories of the past. Pillsbury translates hours into one single photograph and he says, "That’s what I love about photography. It’s anchored in reality, but it sees things in a way that we don’t see ourselves.” (via MymodernMet)


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