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Chris Thorne

Diffography Panorama of Winthrop Hall Clock Tower

Michel Thoby

The Persistence of Memory and Relativity Revival

Baziège, France

June 18, 2009, 8:10

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<< Materialization of the flexibility of time and the indivisibility of time and space. Time is not rigid. It is one with space - fluid >>

With some sculptures such as "Profile of Time" or "Nobility of Time", Salvador Dali had revived one of his earlier painting that is world widely known as "Melting clocks". He had painted liquefied soft watch dials in numerous manners and one of these famous paintings called "The persistence of memory" is probably the best-known amongst his huge inspired production. There is also another sculpture by the same title.

I had been playing with a panorama stitching software the other day: starting with a circular image, I ended with a rather intriguing output as it was like if the image had been pulled and reversed inside-out: the center of the circle became the circumferential part and vice versa. It struck me that Maurits Cornelis Escher would have liked to use such a simple digital process to get space transformed in strange ways: he has made hundreds of awesome space distortion by using more manual yet graphical analog means. "Relativity" is probably my favorite. Upside, downside, inside or outside are meaningless notions in this Escher's representation of the world.

"Relativity" and "Melting clocks" are chef-d'-oeuvres have haunted my mind for years.

It occurred to me that I possibly could pay a tribute to both these giants by reviving these persistent memories (!) at the occasion of this summer solstice WWP event. Killing two birds with the same stone.

Time and its perception by humans are a relativistic concept and certainly can be distorted by space body gravity, by certain substance as well as simply by changing mood: The limp watch no longer 'keeps' time; it does not measure its passage. Thus, the speed of time depends on the individual and a virtual reality panorama can make you explore your close environment as in a weightless Space exploration.

The iris of an unidentified gigantic eye that opens with the panorama is simply a welcome by-product of the process;-)
http://michel.thoby.free.fr/Retrousse-espace/Inside_Out.html

Equipment

Canon EOS 20D

Manfrotto tripod and 3D panhead

70-300 mm Zoom lens TAMRON (24 images)

PTGui Pro; Photoshop CS4
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