From time to time, I post photographs of distant places on my blog. These are usually images of travel, of discovery taken by friends or friends of friends. These “photographs” by documentary photographer Ara Oshagan were also taken in passage–to Armenia by way of Vienna and Amsterdam. But they are not photographs in the strict sense of the term. I have taken the liberty of mixing up the three locales, disrupting the conventional sequence, and dislocating the particulars–and uniqueness– of place.
Thanks, cousin Ara, for these fleeting images.
Ara Oshagan: “These image are all taken with my iPhone during my recent trip to Europe and Armenia. They were all posted online via instagram within hours of being produced. The process of creating such images and posting them has become phenomenally easy and nearly seamless–a few friends may or may not see them, and then the bytes, the 1s and 0s, disappear forever into cyberspace. The record of their existence is not an archive in the sense that anyone would actually retrieve them at a later point in time. They are barely photographs at all. Their fleeting nature is closer to a conversation than anything else. A visual conversation (often with only oneself) that disappears as soon as it is created. They are impressions from a voyage.”