Inclination of Time
"Inclination of Time" consists of two photos that metamorphose over
time. Time is an incognizable movement with consistent intention, while photography
is a tool to immortalize the moment of time. I attempted to reconcile time with
photography in this particular work. I attempted to revitalize the frozen time
captured in the photos by establishing the lost continuity between two photographs.
The baby in the first photograph changes to a father, and the same baby in the
second photograph changes to a mother. The changes in the photographs are nearly
undetectable, since the metamorphoses in the photos take place slowly over a
long period of time. The changes in the photos are intended to be as slow as
possible, to recreate the incognizable nature of time. Time is perceived as
a linear or circular movement in consciousness and subconsciousness, but time
reveals itself in continuance. In this work, I tried to show both linear and
circular movements of time in perception.
First, time is perceived as past, present, and future in human consciousness.
It is said that past lies in memories, present is intuitively perceived in mind,
and future is glimpsed in expectations. The linear movement of time in past,
present, and future is cognized by the intuitive association of mind in consciousness.
In my work, the fact that a baby becomes an adult in the photos shows the linear
inclination of time. It also shows the substance of human beings as "becoming"
bounded by time. Secondly, because of both the inclination of memories to expectations
and the inclination of expectations to memories, the inclination of time can
also be perceived as circular in consciousness. In subconsciousness, past, present,
and future coexist as in dreams. Time is not linear but circular, or coexistent
in subconsciousness. For example, a couple can not become parents without a
baby of their own. That is to say, having a baby affirms being parents. When
a baby metamorphoses to a mother and a father in these photos, an effect asserts
or dictates a cause, in a sense. A baby in the photos is repetitive memories
of the parents' childhood at the same time an adult in the photos is the future
that the baby expects to be. Also, every frame is morphed with parts of the
other frames, so, in a way, time within this work is coexistent. I wanted to
let the inclination of time reveal itself in its incognizable continuance.
Manhang (Ephemeral epiphany)
The title written in Chinese means the way to reach true knowledge. I tried
to depict my own realization of the circle of life in this animation, the destined
suffering since birth, the paralyzed salvation after death and the voidness
of meaning. The only way to escape from the circle of life is to see it and
to realize it, although the realization evaporates in a moment. I wanted to
see it to show it. Software:Adobe After Effects, Phototshop, Boris FX, Avid