Windfall

2011

Windfall is a single screen projection of a series of still photographs.  The apples have caused their photograph to be taken as they fall from the tree – passing through the beam of a movement sensor which then triggers the camera’s shutter. This work was motivated by an experience of infertility – the repetition of trying, the repetition of failure.

Using this technology was a way of mirroring repetitive actions and a particular loss of control in my life. Letting go of control of the shutter is also a way of engaging with how we talk about subject and the nature of authorship and meaning in photographic works. See the essay Photographing Apples by Daniel C. Blight –  www.varioussmallfires.co.uk

‘The photograph was not taken by a human hand, but rather by a motion detector; triggered by a single, unattached apple moving vertically through the frame…Like other interesting photographs, this one thinks, like all other photographs, this one lies…

…By taking away something in the making of this photograph, we are offered something dead and rotten with no sharp ends.  The picture allows us to think politically: to think beyond one human and one response and instead to the wider social function of a particular form of photographic technology as it relates to the authority of images’ Daniel C. Blight