Emerging Artist: Zelda Zinn
This version of the Revelations series started when I first moved to NY, in the fall of 2014. I began taking these photos as a way of coping with the unfamiliar and unpredictable environments in which I constantly found myself as people, cars, and bikes swirled around me in a seemingly endless stream. I tried to make some sense of my surroundings, to stop the movement, if only in my camera.
Later, in the comfort and quiet of my apartment, I gave the pictures a long second look, discovering much that I had missed in the moment. As a way of interacting with the fleeting compositions frozen by my camera, I began to paint over the pictures in digital white. Certain elements were concealed, while others were highlighted or revealed. In order to dissect the pictures, I viewed them in a greatly enlarged state, almost pixel by pixel, letting chance as well as preference guide my decisions.
In this way, the newly constructed picture was a surprise to me when seen at normal magnification. Sometimes the photographs worked, and often they did not. The letter designation after the frame number marks the number of attempts I made with each picture. So, for example 3894C is the 4th iteration of that image, with the first try being simply 3894. By clearing away some of the visual clutter, I invite the viewer to engage with the empty spaces, and these skeletal remains prompt them to look carefully, to try to reconstruct what could be or might have been there.
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