Interview by Brian Eggert

Coral is a Senior concentrating in Anthropology.  This fall she took Intermediate Photography with Sharon Harper. Last fall she took Intro with Greg Halpern.

Brian Eggert: Do you have titles for these triptychs?

Coral Martin: No.  Not yet.

BE: And was this format part of an assignment, or did you choose it on your own?

CM: I chose it on my own.  It was actually kind of a happy accident because at the beginning of the class I was taking photos, and I found two that were next to each other on the film that looked really good together, which is where I got the idea, and I wanted to exploit that in my project because it’s one quality that film has that digital photography doesn’t.

BE: So these are all consecutive photographs on the film, and you just scanned them as one image?

CM: Yes.  That was the point of the project, and it was also a challenge for myself because it forced me to stitch the frames together inside the camera.

BE: So what would you say was your objective?

CM:  I don’t even know where to begin.  I think that part of what I was trying to get at was interrogating the idea of a single frame, and also looking at the ability of photography not just to be a medium where you’re capturing images, but also a medium where you’re stitching images together, so a lot of it was trying to think of what my images would look like before I saw them on the screen.   A lot of the final images were luck when I found the ones that I liked, but the idea I was going for was that it’s possible to extend photography beyond a single frame to a certain type of vision or collage.  I wanted to turn the idea of perspective on its head and also use counterintuitive angles.

BE: How many other triptychs did you make, and what else did you shoot?

CM: I have about nine images that I’m pretty sure about, and I ended up using a lot of foliage and a lot of organic forms.  I started out doing a lot of architectural photography, and I found that that doesn’t really lend itself to the aesthetic I was looking for in the end, so I ended up switching to mostly foliage.  And I think I have one with some fish in it, which I want to put in, but that has nothing to do with the rest of them, so I’ll have to see if I can make it fit.

BE: Is there anything in particular that you wanted to say about your project?

CM: I guess I just kind of want to reiterate the fact that a lot of this project was as much about working inside the camera and challenging myself to see differently within the camera as working with the images themselves. It was kind of a memory game in a way because I was trying to make a full canvas out of multiple components, and I had to remember what the last image looked like when I was working with the next frame.

BE: Any other comments?

CM: Photography rocks.  That’s all.


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