Video Clip Explores Age Old Conundrum Of Photographers–Do We Really Only Experience Present Time As An Anticipated Memory?

As a photographer, I’ve always just kind of assumed the duties of turning the present moment into the past without ever considering the downfalls of that or, rather, without ever even realizing there were downfalls in the first place. It’s just who I am. I photograph people, smiles, laughter, cries, love, rebellion… I photograph moments, capture time at its most powerful junctures all in the name of preserving that specific instant for future reference. After all, isn’t that what photographers are supposed to do? We capture important moments, how could that be a bad thing?

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Then I happened across ‘The Instagram Generation’, a short, philosophical performance film, which opens up with a statement that, admittedly, cut right through to my core as it somewhat covertly questioned the very existence I have come to love as a cameraman…

“The ‘Instagram Generation’ now experiences the present as an anticipated memory.”

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Mixing Street Photography and Projected Light

I stumbled upon Martin Weibel‘s photography and saw something I have never seen before, mixing candid street photography with projected light.

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I wanted to learn more and engaged in a discussion with Martin. I asked him what was the inspiration for the series.

I am a Swiss based photographer who grew up in Lucerne, a real beautiful town in the center of Switzerland. My work mainly revolves around black and white street photography.

I love this [street photography] discipline because it’s always different, unpredictable, and unique. Each moment occurs only once. I love taking photos of people, even strangers. And almost everywhere you go you will find them. My curiosity about the human condition and how people go about their lives is what drives me. The opportunities that street photography provides are endless and the moments are always present, just waiting to be captured. [Read more...]