“the sway is what intrigues me here. the unintentional movements to the energy of the city, persuaded by no music other than the rumblings of the streets, the shouts of the people, the distraction of the lights, and the constant headspinning to watch for cars and bikes. these rhythms and their influence on the intoxicated wandering observer.”
Back in June, the Photographic Center NW in Seattle held it’s annual fundraising event, Long Shot 14, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to participate in the 24hr event. Photographers from all over the world were given 24 hours to create new imagery and then 24 hours to edit and submit for a 24 hour exhibition to be held at the center in order to raise money and bring attention the what the center provides for the photographic community. Because of the nature of the event and my job schedule, i was left with the evening as my only free time to take pictures. This allowed me to focus on a long standing project I’ve been doing on Maundering, to drunkenly wander idly or aimlessly, and find a new avenue to explore within it. I came across the notion of Transient Attention while researching the average attention spans of humans in a necessary tangent from school. This theory is defined as “a short-term response to a stimulus that temporarily attracts/distracts attention” (Wikipedia), about 8 seconds on average. I utilized this time frame to determine the length of my exposure and set out to willingly be distracted. For the sake of time, i used my Panasonic digital point-and-shoot camera, which allows for long exposure, and performed minimal editing in Photoshop. The quote above is an excerpt from the notes i took that night, written during a side goal of grabbing a quick drink at my favorite bars along the way, thus allowing the lubrication and willing integration of self within the environment. Out of the 5 images submitted by each participant, only one (above) was chosen to be exhibited by each photographer, and no comments or critiques were given to the artists by the jury, so I can only assume the reasons this particular image was chosen out of the rest, which personally was not my top pick. I will note that these images only exist digitally and my choice of printing and presentation would, most likely, have an effect on how they are perceived, creating a slight disconnect to these images and the final form i originally was striving for. I post these images to the general interwebs, in the hope that i will receive feedback regarding the images and how they are viewed by those outside of my own mind in order to continue growing this project.