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Time - Movie stills

A photograph is only capable of providing the viewer with visual information, providing no meaning to the moment that was captured. The truthfulness and reliability of photography has been a long running debate with photographers who claim true objectivity and the ability to record 'the real'. However, photography can only ever provide visual details, hence there can be no meaning captured. It is possible to stage, or manipulate photographic images to appear real, but are in fact mere facsimiles of reality, which contradicts the capability of the camera to record 'reality'.

When viewers observe a photograph they attempt to find within the image its purpose, its meaning, they try to imbue narrative where none exists. A photograph is a moment frozen in time, showing neither the past nor present actions of individuals, landscapes or objects depicted within the photographic frame. This lack of narrative forces the viewer to mentally construct a meaning to the photograph - how the scene came to be, what happens next, what is outside the boundary of the photograph. This narrative effect can be used to create photographs that hold the viewers attention and let them imagine their own interpretation of the story behind the image.

Film makers have been using moving images to show narratives for many years. Western cinema adopted a wide-screen aspect ratio to display its films in cinemas, and by using the same wide-screen format for photography provides a direct association of the photograph with the notion of the cinema, the moving image, enhancing the viewer's ability to provide their own narrative; make their own movie plot.

Photographs within this project will attempt to address this notion of creating a meaning to the viewer by staging cinematic, movie-style photographs. The photographs will span across many cinematic genres to provide a diverse mix to the style of imagery, and the connotations promoted by the use of a western cultured cinematic theme. All photographs will be cropped to a ratio of 2.35:1, the aspect ratio of cinema broadcast films, to enhance the movie-style qualities of the photographs.