People Vs. Places: Stephanie Bassos + Timothy Burkhart
People Vs. Places is an ongoing collaborative series of double exposure 35mm prints that fuse people and environments through independently captured photos. Our exchange occurs by sharing a roll of film passed between each other without any knowledge of the content previously shot. We explore the ever-shifting moments of relational possibility by surrendering control, and using the camera to document our momentary encounters. Stephanie captures only people – her work driven by psychology, and identity, and Tim captures only places – his work inspired landscape and architecture. Our methodical process forces us both to be impulsive and uncertain, letting go of the notion of perfection and to shooting without premeditation. Each image becomes the summation of discovery through happenstance; the photographs ultimately portray fictional worlds and compositions that evoke individual narratives created by the viewer. Through this process driven collaboration we are able to mirror the way in which people individually wander in space, continuously crossing paths in place without conscious intention. Over the past seven years we have collectively shot and developed over a hundred rolls of film. When processed, the negatives are virtually unedited: without digital manipulation, and with minor color adjustments and dust removal.
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