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Stills of Stills1:

Film Tomograph  2015


Originally 4 X 5 negative sheet film.


The term tomography originally refers to imaging by sections or sectioning by using any kind of penetrating wave. Originally, it produces two‐dimensional cross‐sectional images; by stacking a large series of individual slices one on top of the other, we can reconstruct and visualize the three‐dimensional image of the internal structure of a solid object. Through this magic technique, we can see inside of an object without opening it up. I considered the motion image sequence — single frame of motion pictures — as slices of movement. I printed those frames which connected in the same motion sequence of a film, and then, in front of the camera, I stacked each single printed paper frame on top of one the other and exposed the object on the same negative every time after the stacking. In the final image, the solid stack of papers magically merged together in the negative, frames became transparent and ghostly. The internal structure of movement was put in sight. If the general use of tomography can reconstruct how the inside of an object looks, then it has a similar effect to magic; the tomography of motion constructs the body of movement and presents the form of time by compressing things into a timeless singularity, which is one of the most magical features of photography, the stillness.


1 The English word still, as an adjective, means remaining in place or at rest, motionless, silent and so on. As a noun, it means photograph, as one of the frames of a motion picture. The word was derived from the Proto-Indo- European root stel, meaning to place, motionless, which is also the same origin of the German word stellen, meaning to put.