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Camera Painting: Crack of Light #1 by Rick Doble
Camera Painting: Crack of Light #1 by Rick Doble

Camera Painting: Crack of Light #1, 2010

Rick Doble

You’re looking at light and time and crisscrossing vectors of past motion in this experimental digital photograph. The photographer calls his technique “camera painting,” where he uses the movement of a handheld camera to “paint” a crack of light over a period of time, creating geometric patterns with the straight lines of the crack of light. The effect is like looking into a prism, with light bending into wavelengths of the color spectrum in sharp, starry blasts, superimposed on one another. It’s an image that reminds us of the idea that time is not actually linear, but exists, like space, in a three-dimensional plane.

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