Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is the essence of calm. I love all his photographs, especially his seascapes, but these theaters were the first photos of his I ever saw, and they’ve stuck with me. They will stick with you too because they are evidence of creative genius. He had this thought:
“Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame? And the answer: You get a shining screen.”
…and then went into a theater, set up a camera, and kept the aperture open for the length of the film
Movies have so much meaning for me, as they do for everyone. It’s interesting to see what they are, just light on a screen. It’s really so simple.
The simplicity can be applied to artists like Cezanne and Picasso with what they were trying to say with their flat planes of color: just paint on a canvas. Movies, like paintings, use a medium (light) to create an illusion that we deeply fall for and become involved with.