JARED HANDELSMAN: SHADOWS
FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 28, 2008
BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK
Perceptions of changing phenomena and shifting perspectives construct our sense of pictorial space. As perspectives shift, afterimages inform our experience as an accumulation analogous to the layering seen in my photos and movies.
Sunrays pass through the forest in such a way that they enter my window and cast a shadow play on the wall. I set up a video camera and capture the images as they shift across the room. It’s a phenomenon that I noticed while working on my landscape photograms and the images in these shadowfilms are like positive, animated versions of my paper negatives. The audio of these shorts consists of ambient sounds recorded by the camera’s internal microphone concomitantly with the visual tracks.
I make my photos by bringing sheets of photo sensitive paper into the forest at night where I expose them to shadows cast by various light sources; moonlight, flashlight and car headlights.