Moment / Parking garage
by Mareen Fischinger
A photograph tells a story in one still moment, your eyes tell the story as you travel the image.
A woman in a parking garage in front of a luxury car looks alarmed at an approaching man. I immediately think of how unheimlich and dangerous a parking garage feels, even if it is well-lit, it is still just a basement. I don’t like it when there is just one other person approaching just as I am getting in the car. She fumbles with her keys.
A man is approaching his car in the parking garage; he opens it already with the remote then sees someone standing next to it and is immediately suspicious, he starts running.
Only when you zoom in you see the keys in her hand, not opening the door, but scratching the car… The man is looking… calmly but sternly, not clearly mad and freaking out, which you would expect. It is not clear to him what has happened; this makes this an even more suspenseful moment. He is looking as we are looking; wondering what to make of it, wondering how to react.
Parking garage is the second 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? I don’t think it’s the action or that it needs to be an all-defining/ clarifying moment. I think it must ignite a curiosity in us to know how it came about or how it will play out. Furthermore it needs to be relevant to our own lives or experience.
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 (1.08GB) 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.