Moon Studies and Star Scratches
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In the multiple-exposure photographs from the series Moon Studies and Star Scratches the camera maps a relationship between the movement of the earth, the photographer and the camera. The camera can be seen as a metaphor for the pervasive presence of technology within the landscape, a presence that often interrupts our experience of the natural world. Here the camera creates possibilities for re-interpreting contemporary experience as it mediates and records, generating images that cannot be seen without it.

The moon within these images links our understanding of time in terms of a monthly calendar with a celestial realm where time is measured in light years. Long exposures of stars used in some of the images further explore time. The exposures combine an understanding of time embedded within photography— a four-hour exposure of a star renders on film as a line of light so many inches long—with the fact that the starlight hitting the film is light years old. These images are an attempt to record a realm we can hardly fathom, but within a framework of time we can readily understand, bringing the human scale into relationship with the cosmic.

These photographs are made with a 4x5 or 8x10 camera on transparency or black and white film. The editioned photographs are 40 x 50 luminage prints, or silver gelatin prints.

SHARON HARPER