"Man cannot know the world "as it really is," if he cannot know what time it really is. If there are as many private times as there are individuals, then every person is responsible for creating his own world from one moment to the next, and creating it alone."
- Kern, Stephen. The Culture of time and Space, 1880-1918. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1983
March 2012 (photos Jan 2012 - present)
It can be said that we are “slaves” to time, or that time “flies” when you’re having fun; we can “waste” time, we can “gain” time, we can “make” time and some things can be “timeless”. But what does time actually mean in photography? How can it be represented as a distinct “something” in a photograph, without being directly referent to the function of a photograph? What is necessary for it to transcend being simply a document or record of an event that happened at any given point in time?
To look for answers to these questions and to explore the nature of time, I am proposing to follow the “Prime Meridian” from Greenwich on foot, heading north to begin with, walking this line of time (GMT +0) whilst making photos. Some of these photos may refer to time in quite a clear, obvious way, but some may also represent a less definite understanding of the nature of time.
The photographs I take will become a record or “measure” of time on this journey, much like a “visual clock”.