This series focuses on urban industrial architecture. I love the poetic relationship presented by making art about the grand qualities of mundane buildings — especially in a large-scale, panoramic format.
Layers of history are brought to life in this wide angle of view as the eye compares the relationship of buildings and the spaces between them. The viewer discovers unexpected juxtapositions and whimsical details.
These panoramic images are composed of individual photographs, shot in sequence, and then stitched together on a computer.
They are shot with a digital full frame camera, stitched using PTgui, and then post processed in Photoshop. Some employ HDR and all are printed 6-8 feet in their longest dimension.
In this series I make abstractions using a slow shutter speed shot while moving the camera. Often exposed at night, these are all found lighting situations printed with minimal digital manipulations. I take many exposures, experimenting with subtleties and dramas, hunting for how a certain flick of the wrist divulges new information or drawing out an exposure to intensify a scene.
Motion and time are rendered visible, graphically revealing the latent rhythms and patterns of the material world while tracing the camera’s navigation through it. My interest also lies in process: how to balance the chaos of a moving camera with the control gained over patient experimentation.
I am concerned with what motion reveals about the quality of a light source: does it flicker or vibrate, does it intersect with other lights, does it reveal an architectural shape or obscure it? These images blend a thin slice of space and a thick slice of time to create a fiction from a mundane reality.
These are images of my Great Aunt and her apartment in Paris. Regine was born in Poland, Dec 25, 1910 and died in Paris in 2007. She had lived in Paris since 1936 — and in this apartment for more than 30 years, widowed and without children or other family nearby. The images that make up this document reveal the passage of time on many scales. The waves of objects as they daily sweep in and out and also as they gradually accumulate around the edges.
They hint at both what is missing in her life and what fills it through layered compulsions of classification and arrangement. The natural accumulations that come from living in one’s home and living in one’s body. A spatial history of tchotchkes and living essentials.
It is important to note that these photos are not “set up”, these are found scenes. Note also that some images document the same scenes over a number of months and years.
There are too many places in the world. What makes one location distinct from any other? How do we know where we’ve been and where we’re going? Photography has traditionally been used as a way to answer these questions. “I was there because I have this photograph.” Or, “I’ve never been there, but it sure looks different from here.”
My work focuses on the assumptions behind everyday statements such as these. I strive to capture the lived experience of discovering a place. I am also interested in the way photographs abstract space and time; how they can capture cycles of construction and deconstruction, and evidence of people living or just passing through. Together, the images present questions about cultural authenticity and what makes one location unique from any other.
Another larger theme in my work explores the nature of human perception and how unusual types of photomechanical reproduction can make us think about our world in a fresh way. A panoramic photo is not “more real” but simply gives a new facet on how to think about how we see.
Ari Salomon was born in Israel, raised in San Diego and now is based in San Francisco. He recieved a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 in Art History with a focus on contemporary art theory and studio photography. He has exhibited in the USA, Japan and Europe.
Recent Exhibitions include a group show at Rayko Photo Center and CordenPotts Gallery. Ari participated in "Shadowshop" and exhibited at the Minna Street Windows at SFMOMA in 2010. He won Honorable Mention for "Photography.Book.Now" in 2008 and was selected for "Hey Hot Shot" and GenArt "Emerge" in 2007.
Recent slideshow presentations: "Best of OPEN SHOW" at the Apple Store in San Francisco 2012; Yokohama Photo Festival 2011.
Ari supports many arts organizations via auctions and benefit events: SF Camerawork, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute, Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (w/Review Santa Fe), The LAB, Adobe Bookstore and Gallery, Rise Japan, Living Arts Fund, SFMOMA Artists Gallery Warehouse Event.
He is represented by The SFMOMA Artists Gallery and PHOTO Oakland.
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