In Between Frames | 2014

 

In essence photography and film are complete opposites. While the former displays a moment frozen in time, the latter shows a sequence of rapidly moving frames. However, these frames are in fact pictures and so film cannot exist without photography. Another important common theme is their ability to capture a vast amount of detail that cannot consciously be perceived by someone experiencing an event. Put a person in front of a camera and a form of communication arises that is only expressed in body language. I find that photography and film are perfect tools to capture such subconscious signs, leading to an image that is there for the spectator to read, take in and relate to.

 

As a metaphor for modern day life, where people get thousands of uncontrolled impulses at the same time, which can only be handled by unconscious action, the notion of falling is utilised to create an event where one must completely relinquish all self-control: An image is created where the tension builds, and climaxes in a frozen moment. A moment where the person in the image goes from conscious acting, in control of situation and body, to a state where everything is experienced in an extreme way. Adrenaline heightens the person’s awareness, while body functions and reactions become the subconscious realm of instinct and reflex. These actions come from inner automatism that one will never be able to control but which say so much about ones personality. A very introvert and stilled moment turned into a moving image and an uncontrolled accelerated movement turned into a frozen image. It reveals the beauty of the struggle between a physical presence and a psychological challenge in the human body that is simultaneously strong and vulnerable.