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Camera Painting: Crack of Light #4 by Rick Doble
Camera Painting: Crack of Light #4 by Rick Doble

Camera Painting: Crack of Light #4, 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. Deep, saturated color around the edges gives way to a paler misty white-blue, shot through with brilliant yellow-green lines of light. 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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