Moon and Stars
Stumbling upon a new photographer today, thanks to Photojojo for linking to her website.
The photographers name is Sharon Harper. She looks to photograph time in a wonderful way. I am really drawn towards her Moon Studies and Star Scratches body of work. This collection of photographs really captures how celestial bodies are forever moving.
Here is Sharon’s artist statement:
I’m thinking of photography as technology—a prosthetic—that negotiates a relationship between us and something else. In my work, it maps a conversation with things that are beyond our perception and our control. The camera can be seen as a metaphor for the pervasive presence of technology within the landscape, a presence that often interrupts our experience of the natural world. Here, however, the camera creates possibilities for re-interpreting contemporary experience as it mediates and records, generating images that cannot be seen without it.
In the images from the series, Moon Studies and Star Scratches, 2003- 2009, the moon links our understanding of time in terms of a monthly calendar with a celestial realm where time is measured in light years. I photograph moons over a period of days, weeks and months on a single sheet of film. Long exposures of stars used in some of the images further explore time. The exposures combine an understanding of time embedded within photography— a four-hour exposure of a star renders on film as a line of light so many inches long—with the fact that the starlight hitting the film is light years old. These images are an attempt to record a realm we can hardly fathom, within a framework of time we can readily understand.
View the rest of Sharon’s images here.
All images in this post belong to Sharon Harper.