Photography records optical space. Its basic elements are light and time. I reduce my subject to these elements to investigate photography’s inherent properties and how we perceive and categorize this medium. Some of my subjects are created through the act of photographing. Others are illusions of or metaphors for light and time. How can the basic tools of light and space move us? How can we encounter them in new ways?
The title of my series Reading refers to the act of interpreting visual stimuli. These photographs are about seeing an image and understanding it—its formal complexity or the manner in which it was made. Reading uses experimentations with perception and abstraction to look at photography itself—its ability to transform that which already exists or to create new existence.
Talia Chetrit lives and works in New York, New York. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and previously earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. website.