1 hr, 10 second intervals - Observing the surface of the Serpentine River below the sluice gate, ear
1 hr, 10 second intervals - Observing the surface of the Serpentine River below the sluice gate, ear

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1 hour, 10 second intervals - Observing the foreshore directly in front of the Aldeburgh Beach Looko
1 hour, 10 second intervals - Observing the foreshore directly in front of the Aldeburgh Beach Looko

kodak reversal film - 1 frame every 10 seconds

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7 sec intervals - observing the landscape flying around Old Sarum, England - afternoon/early autumn
7 sec intervals - observing the landscape flying around Old Sarum, England - afternoon/early autumn

archive print on Hahnemuhle paper - image 94 x 159cm - edition of 3

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1 hr, 10 second intervals - Observing the surface of the Serpentine River below the sluice gate, ear
1 hr, 10 second intervals - Observing the surface of the Serpentine River below the sluice gate, ear

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scanned cine film frames
 
Observations are the process and result of manually filming a fixed point on a system, capturing just a small part of a wide view before the camera, frame by frame at regular intervals over a period of time - these photographed moments along the continuum of a whole system draw attention to an aggregate experience of discrete moments, impermanent and in constant flux, that forms an overall experience of reality.

The neo-confuscius concept of Li (理) holds that everything is patterned according to the order of flow, an idea which also can be found at the root of contemporary system thinking; the understanding of parts in terms of their relationship to and expression of the whole - each point within a system expressing the whole system.

In most instances the works derive from a one frame exposure manually released every ten seconds for one hour, producing 360 frames.

 
Collaging the individual photographed moments in sequential order as they were shot reveals a deeper order in the natural formation of a unified composition expressive of a unified wholeness.
 
Whereas the works are autopoietic, I am intrigued by my own intervention, which lies within the act of observation itself. The contemplative study - meditative, mindful, the aesthetic interplay of consciousness, perception and thought. Whilst physics speaks of the observer effect; the idea that observation alters an observed system - I am intrigued by the philosophical idea of solipsism - the proposal that the very act of observation brings something into existence.