TITLE : Traces in the Vicinity of Transience
DATE : 2000
MEDIUM : Installation
Site specific installation: slide projection sequence and camera obscura projection
This work tests differences between experiencing a place physically and through the trace of photographs. The camera obscura in ‘Traces in the Vicinity of Transience’ shows people and cars outside the gallery moving in real space and time. The slide projections show tourists at the Sydney Opera House.
The camera obscura was the only kind of photographic image experienced before the 1830s. It is a light-tight box or room with a hole in one wall. The hole, or lens, passes light rays to form an upside-down photographic image. The act of seeing a camera obscura image is simultaneous with a bodily perception of the place. Photographs evolved when light-sensitive material was combined with the already-familiar camera obscura, fixing its images on paper, metal and and glass. After that, photography was loosened from the specifics of place and time.