Harold Olejarz

Constructed Images


The Constructed Images series is inspired by Cubism.

Edward Weston said, "By varying the position of his camera, his camera angle, or the focal length of his lens, the photographer can achieve an infinite number of varied compositions with a single stationary subject.”

Cubist artists created a single image comprised of multiple viewpoints of a single subject. In this series of images, I capture “varied compositions” of a subject, and then combine photographs and fragments of the photographs to create a single image that presents multiple viewpoints, a kind of “digital cubism.”

The image is deconstructed and reconstructed. When I photograph an object or place, I capture between 50 and 150 images, depending on the complexity of the subject. I take the images from slightly different points of view, over the course of a short period of time. Then, I combine layers, mask parts of images, break the images down into distinct planes and reconstruct a new “cubist” digital image.

The images present issues of place, memory, time and movement. They represent three dimensional space that is experienced from different points of view over time. Our eyes can focus on a limited number of places in a few moments. In this series of images, I strive to combine all of these moments in a single image.