THE VISION of MANY SERIES or HOW FLICKR and I SAW ROME
As I visited each “significant” tourist destination in Rome, Italy during the summer of 2010, I experienced these places with hundreds of other tourists each with their own digital camera, experiencing scenes through a little electronic screen, trying to capture some aura of the place--trying to get that perfect angle, the photo that would confirm they were there. As a photographer, I am interested in how photography shapes our understanding and viewing of the world, and with the advent of photo sharing websites such as Flickr, how easily accessible and ubiquitous photographing and photographs are today. According to Fred Ritchen in his book, After Photography, in 2007, 250 billion digital photos were made and nearly a billion camera phones were said to be in use. In Rome that summer, a staggering amount of images were produced--images that would probably exist only in an online, pixelated form.
The Vision of Many Series was made by collecting photographs from Flickr created by tourists visiting Rome during the time I was there—the same site photographed many times by many tourists, many at the same angles, all in the same time period, which were then layered on top of each other. The resulting image is an impressionistic, collective photograph of our shared experience. This misshapen collection of digitized images was then printed in platinum/palladium, transforming these intangible pixels into a handcrafted photographic print.