Distortions in Time and Space

Roman Obelisk, Arles, France

As noted earlier, I am interested in the shape and distortions of space. In this square, Place de la République, we see the convergence of multiple times and histories: the old Roman obelisk, mounted on a 19C pedestal hosting the bronze reliefs of Hercules, in the French town square dating from between medieval times to the present. The use of a wide-angle lens offers a slightly distorted, poetic representation. The bench lets us sit, relax and be a spectator.

Tourism as a spectator sport, is an emerging theme of my work. This is not to denigrate tourism, but rather to acknowledge that the distance between the visitor and the site they visit often precludes a deeper engagement. As a result, the tourists interpretation might be superficial, and distorted.


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