24 x 27 inch on 30 x 40 inch paper, unframed
Kaufman adheres to his signature grid format in the series, Water Pictures. Here however the exact opposite technique is used to be able to capture the flow of water. High speed photography of oceans, rivers, streams and especially ponds, swamps and wetlands have contributed to these multiple exposures. Sometimes up to four “layers” of images are used to create one single photograph. One layer literally dissolving into the other and revealing it’s characteristics to the first and then the second can be surprising and very satisfying.
For Kaufman, pursuing this type of imagery is not something he would have thought to do with the many analog camera formats he has used in the past. Certainly, the extent to which these types of images can be constructed owe much to the advent of digital photography. Although there have been many photographers who have experimented with multiple exposures over the course of the history of photography, from in camera “rewinds” to complicated overlaying darkroom techniques, few have experimented with direct layering of discordant images.