Most of us take photos to capture pocket-sized mementos, each one showing a single point of view at a single moment in time, but James Boeding ’14 is no ordinary photographer. A visual arts and government and legal studies major from Millerton, N.Y., Boeding recently installed a campus exhibition of 20-foot-long photographs that defy the usual constraints of time and perspective.
Located in Morrell Lounge, “The Multiple Exposure Panorama Experience” is the culmination of an independent study that Boeding undertook this past spring with Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster.
The first time Boeding created a multiple exposure image it was a technical error, he said. “It was Mike who suggested that maybe I could do something with that.” Boeding devised a technique in which he snapped six or seven shots in a row while rotating the camera or moving it from spot to spot, and then partially overlapped the frames on purpose.
The result was a long composite image in the form of a strip of negatives, which he scanned and printed out in vastly enlarged form. Melded strategically with the layered architecture of the lounge, each of Boeding’s expansive photographs depicts its subject — whether a quiet landscape, a skateboarder on a bridge, or an indoor track whirling with the action of a baton handoff— from multiple simultaneous perspectives, temporal as well as spatial. The superimposed images interact with a ghostly restlessness and create a unique experience for the viewer: a sense that you’re inside the scene, looking around at your changing surroundings.
Experienced in both analog and digital photography, Boeding received Bowdoin’s McKee Photography Grant in 2012 and was one of five winners of the Delta Sigma/Delta Upsilon Art Competition in March 2013. His work has been featured in a gallery in his hometown as well as in the Hawthorne Longfellow Library on campus.