Tal Ben Avi
My work process concentrates on esoteric and prosaic visions, but aspires to extract a distinct image out of them.
The photographic action tries to capture the image just before it disintegrates, just before it becomes a texture, a surface.
The works express the emotional contours of deserted spaces and desolate landscapes, creating a geography of intimacy, loss, absence and sometimes an eruption within the space.
Within this inner geography, the experience of wandering becomes a means of exploring feelings of belonging or non-belonging, a yearning for a place that never existed.
The works are created in a photographic language that relies on direct photography. The photos are well detailed. Now in the immediate world, the flickering and the beaming images are moving and passing at the speed of light. Patience is eroding. The work describes objects and places that are not familiar or visually identified, which require the viewer to stop and linger.
The strange and the unknown are reflected in the photographs in full and in vast detail. This vastness contains traces of human contact and human presence in retrospect. These residues, which do not contain human beings, enable assimilation, submerging the subconscious, whether from the photographed place or from the viewer’s soul.