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By trchambers(47)

I'm working with the idea of "widescreen" documentary photography. What goes around comes around ... the "new" widescreen monitors these days ... and if you're around my age [59], I'm sure you'll remember the Cinemascope movies using the widescreen movie format [1953 to 1967]. I was old enough during this period of time to feel the impact of this "visual change" as I watched all of the wonderful action and adventure films of the day. There was a certain enhancement of the emotional state ... good or bad ... that made the experience one to remember or as significant.

I suppose if I tried to psychoanalyze my "widescreen" treatment of my various documentary photography series like China, Hungary, and now, India, there may be a reaching out or an attempt to recoup my past since I'm rapidly approaching ... it seems ... my twilight years [as they say, and I'm beginning to believe this]. There might even be a hint of desperation since I say all the time that I'm running out of time.

So, my "widescreen" treatment conjures up my childhood as I immersed myself in Cinemascope movies in the mid-fifties to mid-sixties. And the fact that today's monitors are changing over to widescreen really has no influence on what I'm doing with my documentary coverage. This change is in the distant background and a kind of reiteration of history that is now bringing Cinemascope into the living room.

Just as we compensated for ratio proportions and size during the Cinemascope craze, the same will happen in our living rooms. Yes, the distortion in some of the images fits into my aesthetic. The "squashing" and "skewing" create another dimension for me that pushes towards time warp and/or abstraction. I've said in the past that this adds "dramatization", but I think I really mean, "otherworldliness", and this may even mean an attempt to recoup my past [as I've said] which is to some degree, this "otherworldliness" or a place/time that I'll never be able to touch or penetrate ... again.

Widescreen India

Widescreen China

Widescreen Hungary

Tom R. Chambers

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