Reciprocity

Objective:

Through the use of extremely long exposures, this series of photographs shows the long-term results of the environment's effects on itself and man-made objects alike. As the name suggests, Reciprocity portrays the give and take relationship of nature's daily cycle. The title also plays on photographic film's reluctance to record an image during excessively long exposures.

After months of testing, I created a system of specialized techniques to record a 24-hour period onto one piece of large format film. This brings new possibilities to still photographic images.

Resulting Work:

These images show long-term environmental processes as photographs with exposures measured in hours and days, not fractions of a second. To demonstrate the effects of our ever-evolving world, the photographs in Reciprocity will actively show climate systems in motion; the threats they pose to man-made objects and against the environment itself.

While focusing specifically on coastal areas, Reciprocity indirectly involves humankind via the evidence of structures washed away over time, and the seawalls and barriers created to subdue powerful oceans and nature’s effects.

An incredible amount of focus and dedication goes into making each photograph. The camera is positioned for a balanced composition while considering : wind, cloud cover, rain, temperature, as well as the sun and moon's ever-changing position throughout the 24 hour exposure period. If not ideal, each of these elements will have an adverse effect on the film's recording, likely rendering the photograph–24 hours of effort–unusable. Since this process is solely film-based, it remains unknown whether all intention and forethought was in vain until the film is processed and carefully inspected.For these reasons, this series of photographs pushes the outermost reaches of what is attainable with still photography–both technically and aesthetically.