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Surreal Landscapes by Geert Goiris

  • Posted by SHFT on June 10, 2011 in Photography
  • According to conventional thought, a photo is an accurate record of reality, a snapshot of a moment in time that would otherwise be lost to history. With his camera squared on alienated landscapes and out-of-place subjects, Belgian photog Geert Goiris uses long exposure times to challenge these assumptions.

    "I often use a long exposure time," he explains in his artist statement. "I find it fascinating that the camera is capable of summarizing a whole hour in one single image. That type of photography intrigues me – the film can perceive a wider spectrum than our eyes, it can observe very quickly or very slowly. In most of my pictures, the camera is not so much a witness to the moment, but registers state of being, a lapse of time."

    The time-condensing approach lends Goiris's photos a surreal, otherworldly quality that you can see on full display in these picks from his "Resonance" series. The prolonged-exposure images of empty landscapes and derelict Modernist architecture leave you wondering, "What's wrong with this picture?"


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