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  • Writer's pictureBeate Gillson

How photography can show the accumulation of time, using examples by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Abstract: an examination of photographs from his Seascape Series, Movie Theatre Series, and his Candle series.

I examined how time is perceived in different cultures and how we value it. Also, why chose Sugimoto analogue photography methods, and I analysed images from the above series.

Time, this daunting terminology has been attempted by may brilliant minds in history, is depicted across all art forms poetically, described as a relentless, thief, scientifically placed in the 4th dimension, seen as valuable, but most of the time, it is the biggest riddle of the universe.

The cultural differences ( Japanese/American) in the artist's roots play into his creations. the love for tradition and repetition and his search for the link between the present and the past in his photographs are achieved through his long time exposures, up to 8 hours, in a digital era, with snapshots in the billions each day are the norm.

I concluded that Sugimoto's accumulation of time are unique and unrepeatable, as never the identical circumstances and /or materials are coming together at the same durational space. This outstanding photographic vis

ionary enriched our visual world with these hauntingly beautiful, magical, mysterious, and sublime tapestries of light and shadow. He gave us timelessness- a uchronia, not belonging to any time- a utopia of past times.

I thank him dearly for his poetic works, that inspired my essay.

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