road-tripping the end of the world

weekly photo march 1st

The Beach (prototype)

Ok so I cheated multiple times this week, didn’t take long did it?

This is a composite pano, sort of a prototype for another work I shot at the same time but requires a great deal more tweaking because, well, I think it’ll actually be a piece proper.  I must credit Aaron Hobson for inspiring a new tactic to further compress the space in this kind of work, although panos with a definitely-not-wide-angle lens was quite the pain in the ass. Still, I think the compression of space in terms of distance, combined with the panoramic compression, may well aid in that whole fictional projection thing I seem to be hooked on lately. And I’m almost happy with exploiting the depth-of-field here.

Re-reading some Barthes lately; I wonder if the late author would find David Hilliard‘s use of depth of field / tilt-shift focus satisfying to his sensibilities of studium/punctum – Barthes didn’t otherwise seem very satisifed beyond a superficial interest in any photo exploiting such things (a perspective with which I tend to agree, but Hilliard’s work for me is a giant exception).

3 responses

  1. what a cool beach, lol.
    Great shot

    March 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

    • mattsparling

      thanks 🙂

      March 6, 2010 at 12:54 am

  2. dude, that is amazing.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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