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Brown Line - Webster to Armitage

Framed Fine Art Print

2015, Open Edition

Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.




This piece is a simple recording of a ride on the Brown Line in Chicago from Webster to Armitage Streets.

Rather than suspending a single moment, my photography examines the passage of time. To accomplish this, I invented a modern digital version of the panoramic camera. In my version, a single sliver of space is imaged over an extended period of time, yielding the surprising result that unmoving objects are blurred and moving bodies are rendered clearly. 

"The Transient Landscape" is a series of photographs exploring landscapes and cityscapes. The slit scan technique produces many strange time-based effects, including the absence of perspective and the extreme compression or expansion of objects based on their spatial relationship to the camera and its operator. 

Moving by train, boat, car, airplane, cable car or foot, various forms of locomotion transport the artist and his camera to scan landscapes. The result is a view of reality which is pure photography–not manipulated, but with an inescapable visual twist based on a changed set of rules.

Ansen Seale

San Antonio, Texas

Over the past 20 years, Ansen Seale has developed his own photographic technique called “slit scan photography.” He invented his own camera–a modern and digital cousin of the panoramic camera–that has the faculties to invert many of the traditional rules of photography. With his equipment, unmoving objects are blurred and moving objects are rendered clearly. “It is important to understand that my images are not artificially manipulated. This is truly the way the slit scan camera sees the world,” he says. Though a photographer by practice, Ansen is most influenced by painters, and the images he produces possess a notably painterly quality.

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Ansen Seale 2/13/2014 | 9:28 AM

I just discovered this post from several years ago! Thank you for your kind words and I'm sorry to have not discoverd this before now.

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J Schreiber purchased this artwork. 3/9/2011 | 11:36 AM

It's a beautiful photo. Something about it so touches me -- about the past, life, Italy, the future. Thank you so much. Warm regards, Janet

UGALLERY 8/18/2010 | 6:06 PM

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