Friday, March 12, 2010

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dullshick Pro User says:

Where is this? This isn't DC, is it?
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Kinorama Pro User says:

Thank you for your interest in my work. I understand your desire to know where this is, but that is not the right question. Knowing the physical location will form an image in your rational mind and keep you from "seeing" the image I created. It is like the difference between hearing and listening. The answer is in the title.
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dullshick Pro User says:

Fair enough. I'm not much for listening, but I do like interesting pictures - particularly of DC buildings, which is something you seem to have a knack for. Anyway, it's a fascinating picture (whether or not the structure itself is or was in DC).
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Kinorama Pro User says:

Thank you for your question. I understand where it comes from, and your question is one I get a lot for this series of work. Perhaps my answer sounds a little flip, but I have thought alot about your question. It is akin to asking someone "How are you?"--a way to broker the space between two strangers to allow further engagement.

The question: "Where is it", leads to the question "what is it about"--and that is what I am exploring. I find spaces and places such as this one in every city, so for me physical location is secondary. Except, the series "Hidden DC" that attracted your attention--those images are my first serious photographic work, and it was consciously documentary with an aim to presenting the subject matter 20 years in the future. I purposely photographed subjects that were nostalgic, historic, or appeared to be so.

This work here is the byproduct of a psuedo historic--documentary style that purposly evokes time and place while trying to be universal to the range of the american urban landscape.
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  1. We at O.M.R. must interject at this point. The question was simple: IS THIS IN D.C.? The answer is: YES.

    The onus is NOT on the viewing public to ponder the intent of the photo. The fine line between art and sheer documentation is a subjective measurement. The hard datum is what is at hand. The viewer is the ONLY player in this game. The question was straightforward. The answer was not.

    But we at O.M.R. feel free to say this without malice, having been ENMESHED with ANS in our ongoing research project since 1979 (no lie), and with complete respect for the talents and intent of A.N.S. We grew together, and the evidence is irrefutable.

    But the question by 'dullshick' of 'where' is NOT superfluous, but in fact CRITICAL for the history. We move forward henceforth!!!

  2. Dear O.M.R.,
    Your comments are taken seriously by A.N.S. If we understand you correctly, it was Kinorama's responsibility to answer a simple direct question from the viewing public with an equally simple direct response. We thank you for pointing this out.

    As you know the Kinorama imaging division and the "Standard" are creative research laboratories where risk taking and discovery are the primary activities. We feel as though we may have erred in our response to an innocent member of the viewing public, making them suffer for Kinorama's 30 year odyssey wandering in the creative wilderness.

    Thank you for pointing this out.

    ANS acknowledges the role that OMR has played in developing further many of the creative idea percolating in the mind of Ed Porter. Without this vital research collaboration many of our mutual and individual creative products would have died a lonely death in isolated basements.