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Seder Burns
Allen Park, Michigan

University of Toledo, Lecturer of New Media

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As a child, I was tremendously influenced by H.G. Wells‚ The Time Machine. This fascination with manipulating time has spilled over into my photography.

Photography is faced with the challenge of representing the passage of time with a static image. Traditionally, photographs are records of a subject's location and action at an exact point in space and time. Movement is often recorded as a blur. However, we do not experience movement as a blur. It is only since the advent of photography that we have come to recognize blurry images as a sign of movement.

My photographs represent a different approach to recording time and space. As you look at various parts of the photographs, you are looking at different points in time. In the movement of space from one side to the other, three minutes pass. These are asynchronous photos in which the space and time of the subject change during the exposure. Rather than presenting a visual illusion of suspended time and place, these photographs strive to be more honest by proclaiming that they are out of sync with time and space.

The resulting images have a number of different kinds of space in the same photo. Stationary objects appear to have conventional photographic depth. Objects in motion appear to occupy a different space. They appear very flat; as though they are cardboard cutouts placed into a three dimensional world. This flatness is at odds with the out of focus areas of the image which we understand to imply depth. Visually, you have two or more realities occurring in the same photograph.

These photographs are my attempt to depict my adventures at regional pastimes in a more accurate fashion than conventional photography can provide. These pastimes were chosen for their variety of movement and for my enjoyment. The resulting photographs are familiar, yet bizarre.



born: 1976, Tigard, Oregon


Bowling Green State University, MFA, 2009
Bowling Green State University, MEd, 2006
University of Michigan, BA, 1998

selected awards/honors

Israel Abramofsky Award of the Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim at the 93rd Toledo Area Artist Exhibit, 2012
2nd Place Award at the Salon Des Refusee Exhibition, Toledo, OH, 2012
Arts Council Lake Erie West Award at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 2009
2nd Place Award at the SIGGRAPH SpaceTime International juried student Print exhibition, 2009

selected publications

93rd Toledo Area Artists Exhibit Catalog, Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery, Toledo, OH, 2012
SIGGRAPH SpaceTime student Print exhibition Catalog, 36th SIGGRAPH International Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2009
Pixel Fusion Catalog, Rajabhat Pibulsongkram Universities, Phitsanulok, Thailand, 2009
Perfect with Pixel Catalog, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green, OH, 2008

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Everything Counts - selected works by Seder Burns, Wolfe Gallery, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Maumee, OH, 2012
intake and output: Seder Burns & Debra Davis, Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI, 2012
Three Minutes, Women's Commission Gallery, Defiance College, Defiance, OH, 2009
Three Minutes, Virginia B. Gardner Gallery, Findlay, OH, 2009

selected group shows

American Dream, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012
Collector's Choice Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA, 2012
Starting Over, Accelerator Gallery, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit, MI, 2012
93rd Toledo Area Artists Exhibit, Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery, Toledo, OH, 2011



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