HD Video, silent, 5 min, 2016
An encounter in a city street presents a scene of cinematic consciousness. Framed by the stairway entrance to the underground railway, the daily flow of city commuters is unexpectedly halted, revealing an arrangement of arrested people experiencing pure duration.
We witness the way people pass the time in different ways, and there are also forced interruptions to our own viewing of the image. The fleeting encounter is repeated over and over with variations and interventions that are hardly noticeable, subtly affecting the way that viewers engage with the repeating image.
Is it viewed as a literal repetition of the same scene? Or, does the viewer, by examining different parts of the image each time, introduce difference?
We also observe a glint of light moving slowly across the stationary crowd, like the reflection from a giant mirror coming from the direction of the camera. The glinting light appears to enter the frame from another experiential order, providing an indirect movement of time within the interrupted flow of the framed world.
The Documentary Take, CCP Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2016)