Preservations of Time
by Bruce Varner
About the Book
Ever since Joseph Niepce in 1826 captured that first image, people have been entranced with photographs. With the advent of photography a person could make a moment in time stand still. Every detail within the scope of the scene was captured forever.
With all other forms of art you are never able to freeze that one instant. The second where all subjects of the scene are exactly as they were. Drawings and paintings take time. Portions of the scene change. The final result on paper or canvas is not one moment but rather many different moments in one. Video is like life, it moves faster than the eye can comprehend all that it sees.
The eye is remarkable in all it can observe in a very short period of time. However the eye cannot focus on different distances or different portions of a scene, all at the same time. This inability results in the observer never fully seeing all there is at any given moment.
This is what makes photographs so enjoyable. Observing a photograph, the viewer can over and over again study all parts of what was occurring within the vision of the camera at that precise split second in time.
Bruce Varner was born, raised, and still resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Retired from 25 years in government service and from Sprint as an IT program manager. Lifelong photographer. Images are captured using a variety of cameras both film and digital. I try to produce photographs that seem familiar but with a different or unexpected approach. Changes to perspective, color, texture, and lighting to make an image stand out from the usual example. The tool used to capture the subject is not important. It is how you use light, angle, and distance that makes the final product appealing.