Tim Knowles is a contemporary artist that works in a range of media from photography, video, drawing and light Installations. His work is process oriented and relies heavily on chance. The artist makes his work through the environment and the use of tools and/or mechanisms that he sometimes creates. His work tends to show a lot of emphasis on the recording of a journey or drift. Three of Knowles photographic series/works that provided inspiration was, ‘Night Walks’, ‘Mungo Bush Walk’ and ‘Full Moon Reflections’.
In Knowles series titled, ‘Night Walks’ he created what could be considered a undisclosed scene by illuminating a path at night leaving the rest in darkness. He does this by walking with three wide beam torches, which captures the trace of his journey. He managed to capture this journey with a camera and through long exposures creates a mapped trail of light. This concept of the camera as a tool to captures the environment in a way that would otherwise be impossible to see is interests. This concept is interesting because he uses light in a way that paints a picture. In this series, he does that literally by using a limited light source to only illuminate part of the landscape creating a map of his journey.
In Knowles work titled, ‘Mungo Bush Walk’ he once again focuses on the idea of tracking a journey. This time he does not use light to paint only particular part of the landscape, but instead uses the natural light provided to record his walk-through Mungo National Park. Knowles made this work by removing the lens from a camera and then turned it into a pinhole camera. He also used long exposers to capture motion and then cross-fades the images together creating what he refers to as a, “Turneresque impression of the journey”.
In Knowles series titled, ‘Full Moon Reflections’ Knowles again, like in ‘Night Walks’ and ‘Mungo Bush Walk’ uses long exposer to capture something in nature that would not be possible to see without the camera. This work shows something that is ordinary, something that people understand and at the same time creates this new perception of it through photography. This series presents the reflection of the moon on a slow even flowing body of water. This completely alters the reflection through movement and time into something that is unrecognizable. This is an import concept because it challenges the notion that photographs are thought of as a reproduction of reality. Even though these photographs present the moons reflection, the viewer is presented with something that is not recognizable as the moons reflection. It is instead a trace of the moon distorted by reflection, movement, light and time. The result is a photography that presents the viewer with an image of a common theme recorded in a way that give the viewer a new visual experience.
By using the camera through experimental processes such as long exposers and altering the physical aspects of the camera, Knowles can use the camera as a tool to capture scenes in nature that would be impossible to see otherwise. His photographic works are an inspiration because I am fascinated with the possibility to be able to capture photographs that present an image that is otherwise not visible through the human eye. For my final project, I am experimenting with the idea that light both creates and destroys images through long/multiple exposers. By using multiple exposer, I will be able to create single photographs that contain multiple images that begin to destroy themselves as they are being created. In relation to this concept I am attempting to create this record of daylight. Each photograph will be containing its own individual scene, but through multiple exposure I will be able to capture that scene multiple times at different times of the day.