Take Only Pictures
September 10, 2012
The latest entry in the Everything/All The Time category is Photo Opportunities, a series of meta-photographs from Corinne Vionnet. Sourced from Flickr and other online photo-sharing sites, Vionnet collects snapshots of popular tourist attractions around the world, and combines, builds, meshes and layers them into one.
Have you suspected, even as you held up your own digital lens, that “everybody” has taken this same shot? You’d be right. And here they all are.
But the resulting pieces are not simple overlays. By choosing shots from a single (the most popular) perspective, and reducing the opacity of each so that the layers, or sense of layers, come through, the results are detailed, lovely, and oddly analogue. Perhaps this is what the stones thinks of us: a vague but everchanging blur, a mist of chatter and flash.
The almost-but-not-quite overlays give a virtual shimmer to the stone. There seems to be a core of persistence, although where exactly it begins and ends is indeterminate. Yet all the edges belong to us.