Fourteenth Post: Historic Influences

who / where / when: Scott Mutter, in a graveyard somewhere, probably in the 1970s or 1980s.

what: The dead center of the revolving door brings your eye to it right away.  It also seems more contrasty than the rest of the picture, especially the background.  I like how the background is kind of grainy (probably due to snow as well as the double exposure) because it really makes you focus on the main points instead of getting distracted by the background.  I also like how it’s a pretty gray photo.  There are some bright whites and dark blacks, but for the most part it’s gray which I think adds to the overall feel of the photo.

why: Apparently, Mutter did not comment on this photo, although he did say it’s impossible to see what’s on the other side of the door.  The website I found this photo on pointed out “is that a beacon of light coming from the other side — or just a reflection of where we have been?”, which I find to be a very interesting point.  I got more of a “death explained” type story from the photo though.  To me, it suggests reincarnation.  People are always going in through the door to death, which cannot be seen from outside, and others are always going out the door into life.  I definitely think you can interpret this one many different ways though.

how: Mutter did a photomontage to create this.  Then, in the darkroom, he exposed part of his paper to the background of the graveyard, and later part of the paper to the revolving door.  I would assume he used a tripod as it seems pretty gray outside and he would probably need to expose the shot for a long time.

links: Here is a link to the photo and a link to the photographer’s wikipedia.

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