Ansen Seale is one of those rare photographers who found a way to paint with his camera. His ‘Temporal Form’ series could almost be described as sculptural imagery utilizing the human form as it’s foundation. He accomplishes his images by using slitscan photography. As opposed to me butchering a description of that process I have pulled some copy from Seale’s artist statement below.

Here is a section pulled from the artist’s statement:
“Over the past 10 years, I have pursued a little-known genre called slitscan photography. Far from being just a visual curiosity, it has become a substantial tool for the exploration of themes meaningful to me. I have found slitscan photography to be an excellent vehicle for ideas central to my work– ideas about time and our place in its continuum.

It is important to understand that these images are not manipulated. This is the way my camera sees the world.

Rather than suspending a single moment, my photography examines the passage of time. To accomplish this, I invented a modern digital version of the panoramic camera. In my version, a single sliver of space is imaged over an extended period of time, yielding the surprising result that unmoving objects are blurred and moving bodies are rendered clearly. The model in the studio must move in order to be captured. In the Water series, the stones in the river do not move, and so, become stripes. The water flowing past them perturbs their static image, creating a kind of color field painting. This is no trick. This is photography in the purist sense, but a form of photography where abstraction is the norm, not the exception.”

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