The photograph is a natural complement to the visual nature of history. Personalized renderings of space and time fill accumulated voids. Images isolate progression through time, and the photograph itself informs on the visual nature of change. Layers of disparate occurrence, rooted in both space and time, speak to tentatively informed historical concepts and assumptions.
The past resides within images of space and transition arising as momentary instances of recognition. Subjects, both intrinsic and obscure, are often lost to more romantic notions of progression and change. The artifactual nature of the subject stands as a flicker of occurrence referencing past systems. History itself is not bound to a seamless chronology, but stands as a collection of disparate accumulations referenced in the present, while informing on the past.
The photograph stands to challenge the ritual of commemorative culmination. The image as a catalyst of exchange and exploration resists rigidly enforced hierarchies within the visual world. Readings informed through the photographic frame act as an instigation in conceptualizing the nature of a subject rather than as a memorial to the past it represents.
M. Walker, 2019
The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again. -Walter Benjamin