I use people as paint brushes, smearing colour across a landscape. Timewarps bring together individual street portraits and details shot during a period of several minutes or hours to create a metaphoto of crowds. In this way I hope to make tableaux that expand our perception of time and put the street in motion as much as the people who bring it to life.
Time is dilated here in two ways. I bring together people who shared a space, but not necessarily at the same time. And each individual exposure represents a ‘wide moment’ – slightly longer than traditionally sharp exposure times – to reveal underlying realities about our passage through time and space. It appeals to me that while expressing body language, this technique also preserves something of the subjects’ privacy. I move constantly to find geometries and colour blends, so the unseen motion of the observer affects the portrayal of the people and scenes in view. Taken together I hope to convey what we look like in groups on a slight different level of reality, allowing us to stand above time and see it for the first time.