Moment / Tramcar
by Mareen Fischinger
This photograph can be your action-movie of tonight: a man in a tramcar points a gun at the other passengers: a whole crowd held at gunpoint.
Between these people there are so many reactions; so many ways the story could unfold; I cannot help but think of all these people involved. Each with their own lives, as full and complex as mine, getting together to act out this scene. Each of them acting out a violent and traumatic experience, reflecting on how they would react; making us think of how we would hold ourselves. Imagining how the story will unfold.
In every one of these pictures from the series I’ve found a metaphor for the art of photography. We don’t see the gunman in the face, only the victims. We look in the direction of the gun, are forced to take its perspective. At the same time the gun freezes everything – nobody move — like the camera does.
The kid on the left then is the element of chaos and unexpected action that always brings spontaneity to the situation.
Tramcar is the third 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 (1.02GB) 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.