Interior of an Abandoned Pumping Station near Millburn, New Jersey

Gigapan: Jay Hirschfeld

Street art and graffiti are typically artistic subject matter created on a non-permanent medium. This collection is on soon-to-be renovated, forgotten or abandoned buildings.

Using a Gigapan's ability to photograph in up to 360-degrees at extreme resolutions, the immediate state of what becomes, over time, a communal artistic canvas, can now be captured precisely in time. The "decisive moment" has always been at the soul of photography; in the words of Bresson, to "fix eternity in an instant."

Panoramic photography at extreme resolutions, however, presents an impossible reality. Because of their very panoramic nature, gigapixel images generated by such means actually display a "false moment," a completely manufactured instant that never particularly existed, but instead is the conglomeration of moments photographed from a tripod at hundreds, if not thousands, of slightly different angles and intervals in time.

In spite of such an ability to manipulate digital photography on a large scale, extreme resolution images are the result of technology capable of creating "visual time capsules" and fostering artistic eternalization; the gigapixel images simultaneously act as exquisitely rendered digital facsimiles of intentionally temporary actualities as well as wholly new artifacts in their own right.

Guest Editor

Jay Hirschfeld is a photographer and fine artist specializing in extreme resolution imaging techniques. His gigapixel resolution high-dynamic-range photography technique was featured at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and has been featured in local and national press. In addition, his extreme-resolution prints have been featured in fine-art juried shows and have won awards in photographic competitions.

Jay lives between New York and Miami, running Cineflock, a new media and design company, and Chiral Apparel, a high-resolution digital textile printing company.

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