fleeting moment

Frode Alexander Hegland’s Moving Stills.

What images are, when digital, is something different, with new opportunities. That is what I explore here.

Detail : Scene Stills

The first new attribute is very high quality in a portable format. Large and medium format film had great detail, to be sure, and with Ansel Adam’s Zone System it was possible to get a great deal of latitude out of the negatives.

However, the tack sharp quality we can now get from a high quality camera, such as the Leica Q2 with 47 MP, is astounding and the easy of photography and viewing is unparalleled. When I moved on from very high resolution prior to this camera, having used and been very impressed by the Sony RX1 mk 2, with 41 MP, and with a slightly wider lens, something profound happened to how I see the visual world: The camera now has a slightly higher resolution than my eyes, even at this wider view, meaning that for the first time what I photograph is what I see, without compromise. At this level of quality it becomes, for me, almost wrong, to photograph figure and ground, the figure becomes almost over-realised. Therefore the photography has become about scenes. With this quality imagery the camera gives me detail, the world gives me texture and my job becomes providing the composition.

For my initial work with this camera I have chosen to document Soho and Mayfair in London, including Piccadilly, since this is near where I work and it’s a lively and photogenic part of town.

I try to not be gimmicky and take pictures of specific acts of people or situations, but to simply try to honestly represent the shapes of the neighbourhood with the built world providing the main compositional elements with people providing scale and warmth.

People | Places

If you find yourself here, please feel free to email me for a high resolution copy or to request removal, something I have never been asked before, but which I would be happy to oblige. frode@hegland.com

Time : Moving Stills

Pictures are now routinely viewed on computer screens, not just on paper. This is of course also where video is viewed. Since pictures and video are now viewed on the same media, what was (previously thought of as ‘still’) pictures are no longer tied to static paper or tied to being still. What pictures are — has changed. 

Does a picture have to stay still all the time? Does video have to move? Where does sound fit? These are some of the questions I am trying to get to grips with through this work.

Life is fleeting, the more we rush, the more fleeting it becomes. We all need to practice just pausing for a moment, to just watch… And that is what this work is about.

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frode alexander hegland
London 2004-