The Direktorenhaus is located where the Spree river splits in two arms surrounding the Museum island, in the center of Berlin. Under the windows of the art gallery there is a lock through which pass recreational and tourist boats.
After taking the habit of eating along the river, I noticed that the moving surface of the water was creating an interesting image of the metal duckboards of the dock beneath. Indeed, at each second the orthogonal grid is distorted in a reflection showing curvy lines.
A few sequences of shots allowed me to get the most of this natural occurence. Pictures taken with the burst mode of the camera then reworked merged into a gif. It transcribe the idea of movement by setting aside the reality of the occurence.
On the contrary, a picture taken perpendicular to the surface of the water reveals the reality of its topography. Color ranges oscillating from green to grey and separated by curved lines emphasize a topographic plan from a valley with chaotic landscape.
How to express time with pictures?
Here is a series of photographs taken at regular intervals and reworked by computer. The water surface in motion gives its own interpretation of a line (boat rope). The distortion is different from one second to another, so every picture can be considered as a unique representation of a past reality.
Photography stop motion / 2015
Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Credits: Nicolas Pabion