Baltasar Thomas

 

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Playground
HD video, 2’47, 2014

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Go somewhere, anywhere and simply: observe.
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I recorded children playing in a playground. A wide shot of a residential exterior. The shot, and consequently how I manipulated it’s textures and selected which moments to highlight in the edit, serves as a demonstration of two universal truths that have become paramount in my understanding of images:

  1. a single image contains many different possible narratives and concepts.
  2. these narratives and concepts can support one another or be entirely conflicting, depending on the context (among an endless amount of factors, foremostly: the social and cultural background of the viewer and the presentation of the final image/artwork).

Thus an image of a children’s playground can be a symbol of the uninhibited life-experience only children have access to, or it can become a symbol of the violence inherent in human nature. All depending on the intentions of the filmmaker/artist.

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