Thursday, 17 December 2009
Ori Gersht and exploding flowers
it's not relevant to anything I am doing but how great is this? Ori Gersht freezes bouquets of flowers with liquid nitrogen and then captures them at the moment of explosion. Frozen using a fast frame rate we get to see a visual occurrence that is too fast for the human eye to process and can only be perceived with the aid of photography. Apparently this is what Walter Benjamin called the ‘optical unconsciousness’ in his seminal essay ‘A Short History of Photography’. I find the images poetic, a symbol of love, peace and beauty subverted in an almost violent act.