The city of
To photograph in
Drawn to a landscape through the burned window of an underground passageway. Light through water. A wall behind fire. The sky through a grave. We no longer know for sure what we are seeing, these fragments of the city have become something else completely.
Each time we photograph we contribute to this city’s ever-increasing multitude of layers. Like a Beyogolu wall full of posters, we place one image over another, covering what lays beneath it. The image becomes part of the fabric of the wall, the wall already inseparable from the architecture which makes up the city itself. Istanbul grows thicker with each image, there is more and more to take in, and the city becomes harder to see.
The city’s dense image makes it impossible to see much of
Elemental is an ongoing series of color and black and white photographs by Jeffrey Baykal Rollins exploring the intermingling of absence and presence. Fire, water, earth and air are addressed at their points of entry, where luminous objects slip from one element into another, often visible only through the traces they leave behind. Exhibited at the Pool Art Fair,