Photo Friday with Shelley Wildeman
Shelley Wildeman is interested in documenting the passage of time in public spaces and the feelings that it can evoke, such as remembrance, voyeurism, and nostalgia. The Toronto-based photographer’s work questions the relationship between strangers in shared spaces.
Wildeman demonstrates the passage of time in her pieces through movement, and she does this by layering pictures of the same place at different times. This technique creates a similar effect to using multiple exposures in a single photograph, but allows the artist to consciously and precisely create each scene. Some figures appear fleeting and ghost-like, creating a sense of history and memory. Wildeman states that this is her intention in her collection “Station Time,” a series of photographs that depicts travelers at various train stations:
“In these stations there is a palimpsest, or layering, of time: present experiences are constantly layered over faded pasts. The layering of colours and images simultaneously captures the energy of traveling, while evoking a nostalgia for these old places. These are the places where people travel, but trains terminate. Their future is always in question, but while they are here, the older stations seem to be eternal.”
For more of Wildeman’s work, click here.
- Rudayna Bahubeshi