Todd R. Forsgren
Ornithological Photographs / The World is Round / Post-industrial Edens / Resume
Untitled Re:Iterations / An Imperfect Representation / Other Works / Order a Book

Staring at the Sky and the Screen
Dreaming of Other Celestial Bodies

Wondering What They're Looking at

Breaking Branches and Bending Grids
Measuring Half-lives on the Horizon

Artist's Statement

Constant Surveillance 001: My Studio and My Daughter's Nursery,
Lumen Print. Exposed from October 2016-April 2017.

Photographic history has always been a choose your own adventure,
Since the first photographs, at least three separate traditions…
Photography’s triple birth, in France, in England, and in Brazil.

All three of these images are landscapes, framed by architecture.
Exposures took a long time in those days, and landscapes rarely move.
Two were taken out of the artist’s studio windows.

When my daughter was born, my studio became her nursery,
Looking at her room, and reflecting on this history of the first photos,
And thinking about how hyper photographed we are 200 years later.

So, rather than install a baby monitor to watch her, and my studio,
I placed a pinhole camera on the wall, to capture every moment,
But at simultaneously no moment. To always be photographing her.

A six months exposure with this technique wasn't long enough,
So now I'm working on one with a larger pinhole and longer exposure.
I'll let you know how it goes sometime next year, I guess.

Constant Surveillance 001, Digitally flipped to positive.

Constant Surveillance 001, Unfixed Lumen Print.

Constant Surveillance 001, 8"x10" pinhole camera frame.

Constant Surveillance 001, Full 8"x10" camera.