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Once


16mm film projection loop installation / (2020)


16mm film & projector, 3 film guide



Every time a portrait was taken, a relationship was built between the photographer and the subject. No matter how far or how close they are, a physical distance between them occurred. The photographic apparatus has purposely intervened in their distance, producing a record of mental intimacy that overcomes the physical distance. Such a sentiment is fading out and being forgotten in mainstream photography due to the habits of production and consumption of images.

Once is a work attempt to record a relationship by re-visiting the distance during the pressing of a shutter. The distance between the photographer and the subject will be carefully measured. Afterward, a 16mm camera will be use to take a slow track-in shot until the camera close up to the eye of subject. The original distance measure between them will determine the duration of the shot..

In terms of exhibiting this work, the distance between the screen and the 16mm projector will be set according to the original measured distance. The physical encounter transfers into image while the distance between us transfers into the length of the film as well as the installation setup.



每次拍一張肖像時,攝影師和被攝者都存在一定的距離。此時用介入距離中的相機拍一張照,這段關係和距離得以保留在影像中。一個人的影像有時甚至能超越物理距離,制造一種精神上的假像:明明被攝者在很遠,但一見到影像又彷彿近得連對方氣味都聞到似的。

《一次》正是嘗試透過距離作為基礎去記錄一個人:攝影師從一段距離拿著16米厘攝影機,慢慢走近被攝對像眼睛。開始時兩者的距離會被量度,此距離會決定攝影師的步速,從而決定拍攝時間長度。最後,兩者的距離會重新應用於決定投影機和投影幕的距離。兩人的距離作為引子不斷地強調著,貫穿了空間和時間,最終又視覺化地展示於埸地。而在影像世界,距離續漸地減少,形成真實世界與心理景觀上的反差。

此作品邀請友人彭昊昊參與拍攝。