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Presencia
Arnold McBay
Visual Arts, Brock University

"As a creative and documentary activity, photography is a form of research, an inquiring of the world without and within. Physically it skates across the surface of a sheet of paper (or glass), penetrating only the interior realms of our imagination. It is a process which seeks to describe, navigate and map out a subject whether physical, or intellectual. It seeks to represent, yet can never capture the totality of any subject thus there is always incompleteness and blindness at its core. Photography is an elusive process with a delectable futility at its core.

In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes observed that “every photograph is a certificate of presence.” Presencia is a brief meditation on the mystery and elusive poetics of photography, and a reflection on the presences within these cultural artifacts. An archaeological rumination on the thematic and subjective choices on the part of the photographer, it also reflects on the nature of perception and how we absorb/read these artifacts of presence.

Presencia is a video-poem that invites the viewer to ponder the function and magic of time and the senses, and through its digital assembly (and presentation) frames the contemporary proliferation of digital imagery within a historical context."