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We can say with certainty that the photo tightly and inextricably linked by nature, among other things, with time. It gives the opportunity to get closer to understanding of the place of the past in the course of time. Most clearly it is tangible with the help of the snapshot technique where the imprint is ready immediately, right here, at the place of shooting, reducing the temporal distance between the impression from what you have seen before you press the shutter and getting of the final image. Immediacy, materiality, one-step nature of instant print can catch the essence of the past.

There is no stopped time in the photos, I think. There is a stopped, captured moment, but the time for this moment can not be calculated by simple concepts of “was”, “is”, “will be”. Such an imprinted on the image moment of reality is an active substance, the essence of which is outside of the time, preceded and then aftereffects, and is directed vectorially forward and backward. A stopped moment is just as real, and what is most important, functional, as seen by us what is happening now. This “active past” continues to exist, act and influence what in the present and will be in the future. It looks at us from the photos and it seems stares at us, is interested in us, in the present, in its continuation, even more than we are interested in it.

However, the time is working at a photo and a photo is no longer just an image, when there is a direct link with what is shot, that is, when at the photo there is something or someone who is not just a recognizable but familiar and close. Time is woven deeply into ourselves.

All my photos for me are not just pictures and proof of the fact of what I have seen and photographed, but forever imprinted in the memory moments that “live” on a par with the visible in the present, now and allow you to keep touch with the reality of the moment. So the photo that is so valuable to me – I can “catch” a slice of reality, leaving it to me forever the way it was, when I saw it and felt it. These moments are so dear to me that I want to share them, to show them to others, this is my world, it’s a part of me. But to an outside observer, the viewer it is hard to get close to them. To become closer to understanding there is a second part of the exhibition, where the viewer photographs himself, something that is the most familiar to him – himself.

Maxim Dosko 2011

The project is a seven albums (artist’s book):

Artist’s book «Instant» №1

Artist’s book «Instant» №2

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Artist’s book «Instant» №5

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Artist’s book «Instant» №7

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