The aim of this project was to think about all the ways that the concept of “time” is present in our day-to-day lives. Rather than just acknowledging the obvious representations of this subject—such as a clock-the purpose of the project was to really think abstractly about the concept of time and try to come up with more subtle representations of it. The first part of the project consisted of making a photo grid; my photos were organized by color within the grid and I focused a lot on nature (the ocean, the sky, plants, etc.) as a method of representing time. For the second part of the project, I created a booklet of images that I felt represented the way time seems to move more slowly in the suburbs.
This project connects heavily to the activity we did on the first day of class, which involved creating a large map of all the interconnected representations of time. The map listed concepts such as natural occurrences (like the tide), units of measuring time (such as clocks and calendars), and ways of manipulating time (like taking drugs). This map served as a thought-provoking basis for the project; it helped me to think of abstract representations of the concept of time. I feel that this project really made me think differently about all the ways that time is constantly changing and how it changes with the different ways I measure it; time is very fluid and it was interesting to examine what factors make it so fluid.
I think that future projects will have roots in the ideas behind the photo grid and the time archive book; now that we as a class have spent a thorough amount of time thinking about what exactly can construct and represent “time”, we will have a better understanding of the subject of the class. Hopefully we will continue to expand our understanding of how time affects our lives and vice versa.