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Bird's Nest
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Artist: Shi Guorui
Created On: 2008
Image Medium: Unique camera obscura, gelatin silver print
Image Dimensions: 138.6 x 358 cm
Art work Description:
Shi Guorui’s interest in using the camera obscura method goes deeper than documenting monumental city scenes. In showing the cities, void of distraction, he steps into the realm of explaining or observing different cultures and social or political issues. Each city has its own culture and by searching through these photos there are unique philosophies observed. The black and white images reveal a great importance from the negative reversal and large scale of the photo that challenges the viewer to look deeper into familiar scenery. The process to him is very calming and purifying. The making of his photographs is as important as the photos themselves. He looks at it as a spiritual and meditative process and appreciates the way it allows him to escape the ever-fast-growing world around us, especially in China today. The making of each image takes many hours and is very labor intensive. Several images are taken over several days. The photographs are monumental in size from 3 to 5 meters long for which he has to erect a giant blackened tent where he hangs the photographic paper and the image is exposed directly onto the paper using the tiny pinhole camera. Exposure times run from 90 minutes to 24 hours and he must stay in the tent during the process so no other light can seep in and destroy the image. The planning and preparation of each photo takes several months and many attempts must be made for each scene.

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