Paul St George
Three interweaving themes emerge from these selected projects. One is a study of the history of visual culture (Classical Roman and late Victorian). Both eras are well known for their rich successes, but also hide a number of overlooked or incomplete projects. Paul St George has uncovered and is completing a number of these, including the Telectroscope and Travelling curves.
Another persistent theme is the use of photography and chronophotography to picture time. This is developed in the Chronocyclography, Trackorama, Supermoment and Chronopan projects, but also in curating the Sequences exhibition and in editing the imagetime series of books.
The third theme is the exploration of ambiguity. This has produced the highly collectable Minumental sculptures, Carpet Castle and the ultimate, two for the price of one, Rabbitduck.
A chronopan is an image that contains both duration (chrono) and space (pan). Duration is enfolded into one image.
In this example, this detail from a larger image shows the change in light during a 10–hour exposure.
The starting point of the chronopan project is Bergson’s notion of durée. Durée describes our internal, ongoing present. This is inseparable from our memory of the past and our anticipation of the future.