This assignment was no easy task. I asked you to illustrate something intangible; a visual idea that could go in a lot of directions. While some of it is just guessing and catering to what you think my taste will be, most of it boils down to making beautiful, thoughtful images.
I hope as you look through these images you feel that you are outside of time, that the photos are not so much about 2014 as they are about effervescence and beauty. Many of the images that succeeded in this assignment are ones who found a moment that didn’t feel dated, one that just excluded all those normal cues that carbon-date a photograph.
Each one of you who submitted photos took a leap of faith that I might see the same timelessness you saw in that moment. That is in itself a brave move—to put your own thoughts, energy and emotions on the line in a picture. Again, you managed to surprise me, and not so much in your photography but through the world your pictures showed me.
In each of these moments I see hope for what is to come, hope that our world has some bright lights and beauty yet to be revealed. I see art and play, stolen moments, quiet vistas. I see a world in which we are safe from trouble.
I wasn’t able to find any stunning images that fell into the category of juxtaposing old with new, but in the end the final product was all the better for it. The timelessness aspect was a difficult one to grasp, and many pictures focused on elements of time such as decay and physical indicators such as clocks. These images did not end up being as engaging as the more energetic, people-centric images I found.
For those who submitted your most prized moments, you all have proved my early statement that, “It’s entirely possible to make current-day photographs that bend our perception of time.” You have shown that I don’t have to go far to find timelessness; to find the same human truths we all experience daily. We have proven the hypothesis that humanity can exist outside of time.