Process & Time

I've mused on how everything affects pictures when it comes to pointing a camera a people. In that context I've also discussed the importance of time, as in spending a lot of it in some cases. Of course that's not always the case but it certainly can make a large impact depending on exactly what you're working on. For a few of what I consider sub-projects there's no way to short-cut what I'm looking for. The chastity sub-project is going to take me quite a bit of time to get where I want it to go. In fact to make anything I'm looking for will definitely take an entire day, or a weekend.

I've said before that by nature I'm really more of a street/documentary photographer than anything else, even though I don't usually work on the street. My favorite context of making pictures is when I spend days with the same people making photographs here and there vs. some sort of show-up to make pictures at this time for an hour or two, get to work, done. Of course I'll still blur the lines between making pictures/not making pictures time as much as I can no matter what the context.

Given all that, of course I've messed with experiments that are all about time and how pictures change over the course of some relatively long period. The photo above is the first frame I made as an exposure test. Somehow or another I roped Melissa who I just met via a friend across the hall into one of my goofy time experiments. This was a dry-run just to show M. the setup and make sure that she wes up for a couple hours or if we had to figure something else out with the props etc. Below is another I made real quick within a few seconds during that dry run.

Enough with the dry run. The general gist was I'd stick M. in the middle of one room for a couple hours and make a few pictures here and there while mostly leaving her alone and going about other business. Below is the very first frame I made after M. had some water, a bite to eat, and knowing this was not the dry-run.

This is what I mean by everything counts. See a change? I certainly do. Zero time went by, possibly even less time than the two above. The difference is all in the psychology at this point. The first two is try this for a second. This one is okay let's do this for a couple hours. I made a couple more, changed one thing around due to how sharp the edges of that plastic thing was and then left for a bit.

Above was about 15 minutes later after returning from grabbing a smoke and chatting with the neighbor down the hall for a bit. The frame below is after I answered M.'s question about how long it's been — about 15 minutes.

I'll fast forward a bit with the first frame I made about an hour in below. The couple I made immediately after changed dramatically due to the sound of the camera shutter.

I kinda like the very first frames. The next one is almost done. At the first frame at about an hour forty-five.

The next one is the very last frame I made. Time for a few beers and fun, a bunch of other people were about to show up anyway.

A goofy experiment? Sure but I didn't make many frames but did take a lot of time. In this case the variable I was isolating as much as can be isolated was time. Here's the thing. No matter how much time you've got to spend with someone in front of the camera in many ways what's going on when you are not making pictures is possibly more important than when you are.

The amount of time certainly flavored these in a very large way. Interaction is the other thing that clearly flavored all of these and every other frame I made which I think is quite clear. If it's not consider that last frame for a moment. Also a reaction to the same question as the previous example. What time is it?

End Notes

First couple of tight frames made with a Nikon D600 and 50mm f/1.4. The rest with a Nikon Df and 28mm from 1971. Processing via Lightroom CC with a random B/W preset of mine plaster on.