10 sec intervals -1 hr observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/late summer
10 sec intervals -1 hr observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/late summer

archive print on Hahnemuhle paper - image 44 x 125cm - edition of 3

8 sec intervals -2 hrs observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/midsummer
8 sec intervals -2 hrs observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/midsummer

archive print on Hahnemuhle paper - image 73 x 100cm - edition of 3

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

10 sec intervals -1 hr observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/late summer
10 sec intervals -1 hr observing the sky above my studio, France - evening/late summer

archive print on Hahnemuhle paper - image 44 x 125cm - edition of 3

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scanned cine film frames
 
Observation works are the 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 the 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-confuscious 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 a 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.