Continuum

Continuum is an exploration of that moment we call the present which in the same instant becomes the past as our experience of it passes into memory.

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(Continuum was originally prepared for an exhibition in 2014. It consists of six unique, original silver gelatine direct positive prints, and one original handwritten poem. Each was exhibited with an original handwritten caption which is reproduced here as typed text.)

Continuum is an exploration of that moment we call the present which in the same instant becomes the past as our experience of it passes into memory.

While creating images for Continuum the sights, sounds, smell, touch and even taste of the river and its environs inspired me to combine text and images together to convey my experiences.

Through the media of pinhole photography on direct positive paper and of the written word, I sought to bring together that multitude of memories as motion pictures in unique still images, otherwise unseen images of the shapes and patterns of time passing by.

Ribbon

RIBBON
Between here and there,
The present that is ‘now’
And the past that was ‘then’,
Meander to their ultimate end.

CAULDRON In the white heat of confusion present and past become as one And are ultimately gone.

CAULDRON
In the white heat of confusion
present and past become as one
And are ultimately gone.

 

Threshold

THRESHOLD
The edge is irresistible,
The present, irretrievable.

 

Vortex

VORTEX
Present pours into past
In the mercurial glimmer
Of passing moments.

 

Haven

HAVEN
Present and past
rush past the rock
In the lee of which
is a pool of peace.

 

Moments

MOMENTS
Memories of present moments past
In the continuum of ‘now’.

 

Confluence

CONFLUENCE
In the memory of that moment
Where two become one,
Is the existence in the present
Of that which is now
irretrievably in the past.

 

 

Author: Donald Tainsh

A lifelong explorer of photography

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