MALONE — Digital photography is a tool for business and pleasure, not an art form for Michael C. Hart.
Film is the medium where he converts thought into image, where art meets science.
“I just love the process, I love the combination,” said Hart of Pouring Light Studios & Gallery in Malone.
His new exhibition, “Time Slip (an observation),” which features 41 images of deindustrialized Malone, opens Friday at the gallery.
He shot a hidden Malone, the spaces that don’t get much light, with a circa ‘80s Nikon F3.
“I just bought it online,” he said. “I always wanted a really good camera. I always had B-model cameras. For a couple hundred dollars, I get a top-notch camera.”
The black-and-white images possess a surreal quality to them. It’s a distorted view that is familiar but not quite. Time, past and present, is fluid.
About the show, he writes:
“Like countless other towns and cities across America, Malone has had to deal with de-industrialization. There is evidence of a grander time in the periphery of our daily course. Perhaps this past imposes a nostalgic drag on the progress of our present. ‘Time Slip’ explores thoughts such as this. I approached this body of work like an archaeologist, digging to reveal a living past that has been eroded by the march of nature and the corrosive effects of man’s progression.”
He began shooting the images last November and worked through the seasons.
“I did have a concept, and I would go out and take seven or eight images and then come back and print them and go out again,” Hart said. “I repeated that process until I finished. As I did that, the show developed more and more. It’s really a nice way to work because it evolved.”