The Thames project (complexe 2)

photography and the flow of time


Picture overview

The vertical edges of the individual sequences, which as caesura define not only spatial but also discrete temporal sections, blend into a continuum. The mechanism of speed as the constitutive requirement of the cinematic image is unhinged, simultaneously decelerated and transposed onto a simultaneity that makes the river seem as if paused.

With enough distance, you could step back and see the entire river all in one piece. But in order to be able to look at a single image with such dimensions, it would require a distance that would cause the piece itself to become invisible. Therefore the need to choose a section for presentation, as in the case of this publication, which is a integral element of the artistic concept. The 400 meters chosen here make up a total length of circa 280 pages in this 9 cm high version. The side-by-side of the images become compressed layers, one on top of the other, and the passing movement of the viewer in the exhibition space becomes the turning of pages in a book. In spite of this relatively small excerpt, the character of the overall piece is retained. Even while the double page spread at the beginning only shows a few meters of the opposite shoreline, it opens up towards the middle, in the area of the river's mouth, to encompass a horizon of several kilometers length, only to return in the end to the same up-close perspective that already marked the first few pages. And so the book ends, contrary to its linear structure, quasi in the same place as where it began.