* A note on the photo series:
A tripod-mounted camera with a zoom lens was set up and pre-focused +30 stories above street level. A remote shutter was rigged to the camera. I stood at an adjacent window and watched small figures walk in and out of the frame. Unable to see detail, I released the shutter whenever it felt like something was happening. Sometimes I took several shots in a row, timing exposure with stride. Later, all the images were loaded onto a computer and viewed at 100%, exposing all the detail I wasn’t aware I was capturing. Gestures, catcalls and exchanges materialized on the screen.
There are limits to the lens, the camera sensor, and the image itself. Blowing up pixels yields swirls and swamps of color that, when zoomed out, are intelligible objects. Patterns materialize—a distant hand becomes scaly when seen too close . Similarly the images themselves, taken by chance, contain more than was visible at the time of exposure. But there are limits to what can be divined from a hand wave, a squint, a howl.
**For the last video, the camera was defocused. I held my finger held down on the autofocus button and waited, while the camera tried to grasp focus and continually failed. The length of the film is dictated by the time it took for the camera to finally achieve focus.