Thursday, 20 September 2012

Photographer Research - Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi's use of 8 x10 large format camera and extremely long exposures have gathered him a reputation as a photographer of the highest technical ability.

He photographed movie theatre's, exposing a film for the total length of the film using only the light from the projector.

In 1980 he started an ongoing series of seascapes using an old fashioned large format camera to make exposures of varying duration, some of them upto 3 hours!

Very Conceptual & philosophical...........

A sharp horizon line and a cloudless sky - here began my consciousness. From there my thoughts race to the origins of human consciousness. The sea reminds me that within my blood remain traces of human evolution over hundreds of thousands of years. Humans outstripped other species intellectually, developed civilization, art, religion and science, spinning out the strands of history. It seems to me that seascapes have the latent power to reawaken an awareness of the origins of consciousness in this present day.


Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very existence.
The beginnings of life are shrouded in myth: Let there water and air. Living phenomena
spontaneously generated from water and air in the presence of light, though that could
just as easily suggest random coincidence as a Deity. Let's just say that there happened
to be a planet with water and air in our solar system, and moreover at precisely the right
distance from the sun for the temperatures required to coax forth life. While hardly
inconceivable that at least one such planet should exist in the vast reaches of universe,
we search in vain for another similar example.
Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view
the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a
voyage of seeing.

- Hiroshi Sugimoto

Chamber Of Horrors

The above images are The Chamber Of Horror Wax Works he photographed at Madame Tussaud's in London!

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