Time Suspended – Theme Week: Oddities (4/8)

Time Suspended

One of my first words was “clock”. Big clocks have always fascinated me since I was very little. A very early memory I have is my great-grandmother talking to me about her grandfather clock. Dali’s paintings with the melting clocks in them (Like the Persistence of Memory) also appealed to me – an interesting way to make a statement about time. I find myself looking at large clock and photographing them. I like the surreal nature of this picture. A clock suspended in the sky is unsettling.

This picture really struck me when I saw it on my screen for the first time. Feeling inspired, I decided to move it from a realistic photograph to a surreal artistic statement. I removed the pole holding up the clock to give the appearance that the clock is suspended in the air. It was quite easy to do in Photoshop. Otherwise, the picture did not require much editing.

I really like this picture and the process of creating this got me thinking about the lines between a realistic representation and art. Photography is art, but when is it OK to manipulate it? Who or what decides? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EFS 15-85 63mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Photoshop

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