When we think of the film image moving, it is also because it has tended, conventionally, to select subject matter that moves and can be seen moving. Similarly, the stillness of photography is given to us most clearly when it arrests or fails to arrest movement, or when it confirms the immobility of inert things.
Nevertheless, to me, photography is more than just still images and I think that there is more to photography other than its unique “essence” of freezing motion. Cinema, in colonizing the popular understanding of time, implied that life itself was made up of distinct slices and that still photography had the potential to seize and extract them.
I don't entirely believe in Henri Cartier-Bresson’s method of finding the decisive moment in which he depicts the city by capturing and grabbing singular moments from the flow of life in the streets. My process of shooting images and later finding the best picture is never only about THE ONE decisive moment. There are always ten pictures before and ten pictures after every one of these moments which I think contradicts Cartier-Bresson's approach itself. Therefore, I manually create double exposure to combine multiple pictures taken at different places and times.
Title: Picture In Picture
Date: March 2021
Location: Syracuse, NY