A BLESS­ING AND A CURSE

Fran shasta ken dig­i­tal imag­ing fur­ther than most, col­lab­o­rat­ing with an or­ches­tra and the com­poser Philip Glass to pro­duce the epic 2006 live mul­ti­me­dia pro­jec­tion Life: A Jour­ney Through Time. But, as he ex­plains, the pro­ject con­tin­ues to evolve…

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“With Life, we have been able to up­grade the per­for­mance and the ex­pe­ri­ence over time. It con­tin­ues to evolve, shall we say. We did an­other per­for­mance last sum­mer in Chicago as a big out­door show that was at­tended by 10,000 peo­ple.

Ev­ery time we’ve done a show there’s been a way to make it a lit­tle bet­ter, so that’s both a bless­ing and a curse, I think. In dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy as it ap­plies to pho­tog­ra­phy, the work is never done be­cause it’s so easy to go back to images to tweak them and adapt them to new cir­cum­stances.

So in that sense we live in a world that’s anal­o­gous to what painters went through many decades ago, where the ab­so­lutes no longer ex­ist. It’s a wild and woolly world out there for pho­tog­ra­phy.”

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