Tracing a shadow whether architectural or human makes the immaterial shadow feel in one way very physical but in another totally intangible; it also directly affects time, by extending and delaying the photographic process. At De La Warr Pavilion, a large modernist building, I made shadow tracings of human figures as well as architectural details of the space during winter months. The scale and physicality of these shadow tracings have become very significant in my work particularly in my desire to ‘hold time’ photographically. I found that this work was challenging physically to make, and represented the challenging and dramatic scale of solar time in which we live. Beyond the easy measurement of clock time and ease of photographic technology I had was left comparing the process of tracing by hand the effortlessly still lines of the building with that of tracing human shadows. Shadows that stretched the length of the building and caused my hardy volunteers to shiver in the wind blowing across the pavilion roof top terrace. It is this intersection in photography between the mechanical and human that I am engaging with. The physicality and delay inherently within photographic process that highlights otherness and loss in our finite state.
Shadow Dial on Graph; De La Warr Pavilion; South facing roof-top