Using a digital camera, computer, and a steel construct, I capture, dissect, and reassemble imagery. A device I built allows the camera to capture a linear plane of space in a series of 6-inch contiguous squares. Recording the plane of space as if documenting a canvas, images are captured repeatedly as the point of perspective shifts, time passes, lighting alters and subjects move. The depth of field is varied through aperture setting and exposure times while maintaining a single focal distance on the invisible plane. In so doing, space and subject are dissected into a grid; each square possessing its own vantage point and its own information to relay.
In this work, as in Muybridge’s “Horse Galloping”, there is an association with scientific study of a subject through systematic observation. Focusing on the picture plane rather than the subject creates a dialogue about examination: the way imposing a rigid system can influence meaning and how we are able to reassemble meaning through a cognitive process.
- Artist's statement 2001,
Honey Apparatus, Digital Photographic Assemblage
by Mark Snyder @ the Little White Box Gallery, Boston, MA