Burj Khalifa is taken looking up. Our eye sometimes deceives us and instead of the building upward we see a spaceship looking towards planet Earth.
Pleasure comes from the surprise in how these multiple elements combine to produce a photographic work. Since the exposure occurs over time and the resulting image is a surprise, we are, in a sense, back in the darkroom, where the final artwork was unclear until the film was developed and the image printed and drying. In the digital age of photography, this transition from uncertain image to final artwork is perhaps the most satisfying element of long-exposure photography and one we look most forward to. To capture the pleasure of seeing a finished work, we have also become our own master printers.
It is early May and still cool in Armenia. It is much colder, however, at six o’clock in the morning, at 2300m, under ceaseless almost-freezing rain on the foothills of snow-clad mount Aragats. Armen Yengoyan gave us a ride to Amberd on his forty-year old veteran 02 heroic Zhiguli and he was enthusiastically taking photographs and getting soaked together with us. We walked around under Armen-improvised cellophane capes, doing reconnaissance of the topography. With a dry window of about forty minutes, we were able to take some shots. These are the results.