IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
The phrase I have chosen is “In the blink of an eye”.
Over the course of this subject one of the photographic techniques I have really enjoyed playing with is utilising fast shutter speeds. This fascination of capturing incredibly quick transient moments that pass so fast the eye can barely detect them became the beginnings of my project. The phrase “in the blink of an eye” then came about as a great idiom that conveys the passing of moments quickly.
Most definitions of the phrase are simply “very quickly” or “extremely quickly”, however the idiom is commonly used to infer that longer periods of time seem to have passed quickly. Examples include “She grew up in the blink of an eye”, or “Christmas will be here again in the blink of an eye”. The phrase also is used to describe things that are very sudden: “the building was demolished in the blink of an eye”, “the magician switched the cards in the blink of an eye”. I liked the combination of both and wished to convey both the slow passing of time and the suddenness of it in my assignment.
I began thinking what I could convey with the saying..
- Things going wrong in the blink of an eye
- Featuring glasses spilling and items breaking
- The moments you miss in the blink of an eye
- Featuring beautiful things you look past, like birds flying
- Your day going past in the blink of an eye
I quite liked the third one of taking short moments throughout the day as it had the potential to combine both elements of the idiom. I began brainstorming things that happened in an average person’s day and got caught up on the need to go out into the world to capture it. There were so many things that could happen in a day.
Eventually I resulted in bringing it back to just the passing of a morning in the blink of an eye.
As fast shutter speeds require high light levels I chose to capture these moments in a studio like setting. Making them appear more artistic and less real. Yet I still hope the images are relatable simply through the actions being conveyed.
I liked the idea of playing with capturing moments so transient they eye can barely see them with tasks that are so commonly completed and regularly done that they are mundane and repetitive. It’s an odd juxtaposition between things you don’t see and things you always do.
Actions I’m planning to capture are things such as:
- Toast popping out of a toaster
- Cereal being poured into milk
- Water running out of a shower head
- Spitting out toothpaste
- Gargling mouth wash
- Flicking off excess powder foundation on a brush
Following are some sketches displaying the potential composition of these images.
They will feature the action happening while well lit and on a black background.
Following are some images that display the style I am going for.