Moment / Dirttrack
by Mareen Fischinger
Two people on a remote dirt track. A man, talking on a phone, at a discrete distance from a woman in a car, her face streaked with tears. We think we know what happened here, from the woman’s tears, to the man’s detached posture. But it says more about ourselves, this scenario we project, than about what actually perspired. Did he break up with her? Did he interrupt a nice evening out with her to take a business phone call and she just won’t take this any more? Did he have an affair and confessed just now? Did she just panic after they ran out of gas at such a remote location?
The colour in this picture is fantastic; it is the most dramatically and theatrically lit of the series. This enhances the dramatic impact of the scene: it is significant, monumental, the sorrow of the woman vs the detached posture of the man become iconic. But the narrative is not filled in; the image invites us to fill it in based on our emotional response.
What you think happened here says a lot about you…
Dirttrack is the fourth image in the series Moment by Mareen Fischinger.
What happens when you can take Photoshop and tweak or edit to construct the perfect moment from scratch? If you can do anything you want; what makes a moment interesting to look at?
The images in the series Moment are of seemingly ordinary people in familiar settings; but the people and the settings are staged and highly edited to the point of perfection; where the illusion of a glossy perfected reality may lure us in, the drama unfolding in the picture keeps us looking. The people in the pictures are experiencing a turning point in their lives; in the very detailed and sharp pictures, details of the how and why are not available, and the pictures leave us pondering and looking…
What's in the download?
The download includes: the highest resolution of the image available, the psd source file (1.17GB) showing all adjustments and layers and several wallpaper sized versions. The PDF contains ‘making of’ photos, sketches and a thesis on staged photography.
Mareen Fischinger is passionate about everything involving photography: She has made award-winning photographs for advertising campaigns and corporate communication, has shot a large body of work available as ‘stock’ photography via gettyimages, and explores experimental technical and conceptual possibilities of photography in her fine arts series.
Her series »moment« investigates how far you can take staged photography in a digital world, and what that means for the meaning behind the images.