Christine Laptuta Statement

Artist Statement
Memory and the Passage of Time
My aim is to break through the limitations that a photograph has as a singular image.
My practice is to observe and document landscape in a cinematic context, to record a journey that is neither time based, nor linear, nor static. By using a primitive camera with a manual winder, I am able to compose my narratives in camera by shooting continuous frames on one strip of film with no interruption. The film is then cropped and edited to pull in the viewer.
Chance and serendipity plays an important role in how I work, where l can explore how the narrative can be manipulated by adding 3 dimensionality to the work. By breaking up spaces, fragmenting light and disregarding linearity, l am shifting both perception and perspective. The visual disjunction and repetition dissolves and blurs the viewer’s assumptions about space, time and place.
I like to pay attention to the notion of time passing, where nothing is permanent. There is always a semblance of movement and rhythm in light that constantly changes within the land. I want to accentuate this mystery and ambiguity, the beauty and chaos that are always in flux.

Process Statement
In 2006 I purchased a primitive Holga camera. The camera's unpredictability, its unrefined results forced me to be spontaneous, accidental and intuitive.

I develop 120 film, then scan it for digital negatives for use in both platinum printing as well as enlarged digital negatives.

Each of the series is available in limited editions

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