Detail from In Transit 4 by Diego Kuffer
Brazilian photographer Diego Kuffer takes the concept of photomontage to another level in his series, In Transit…
Recently posted to his website (and noted on BoingBoing), Kuffer’s pixellated-looking work presents several images of the same thing – be it a merry-go-round or traffic on an underpass – chopped up into a composite image.
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Unlike the traditional ‘photomontage’ technique of overlaying printed images to form a unified picture – which everyone from me to David Hockney has had a go at (why not just use a wide angle lens?) – Kuffer’s creations suggest what is and isn’t there in any given stretch of time. Almost like a still image of a whole film, if that were possible.
After experimenting with the medium, Kuffer explains on his website, he became frustrated at only being able to capture “instants”.
“So, I decided to hack photography,” he writes, “[taking] the technique behind movie making and applying it to my photos. Photographing the same instant several times, slicing and dicing the results and mixing it all together chronologically. This way I was able to capture a moment, not showing what exactly happened, but at least showing that a moment happened.”
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While some of the images perhaps don’t record the most interesting of subjects and are more concerned with capturing the ‘movement’ of a street scene, for example, some of the more abstract pieces are really rather beautiful.
The whole series can be viewed at diegokuffer.com.br.
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In Transit 4 (detail show, top)