Review of on-line article/documentary Captured: Ian Fisher: American Soldier
The most standout and important aspect of this particular on-line doco/article is its use of the still image and use of minimal text to convey an in-depth story. The story traverses time and space and manages to explore a vast range of character and emotion. This being said, it is also apparent that this level of characterisation is achieved at a subtle level where dialogue and expressions from each individual are minimal and we are relying on single moments in time to represent what seem to be dynamic relationships. This idea of a single moment in time is interesting to me as it is important to ask what, or how much difference is there between a single moment in time (the freeze frame, still image) and a portion of moving image that claims to be a representation of a period of real time. There is something about the mundanity of the still image that refuses to sensationalize or interrogate time and space for meaning. It’s almost as if the moving image searches for the subliminal, whereas the still is capable of the inversion; superliminal. Rather than trying to shock the senses to create meaning and find attention, the superliminal image is a moment in time, like any other, with as much potential meaning, that happens to sit as an artifact of time.