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Behind the Obama Cover: Person of the Year 2012

Last week, President Barack Obama, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2012, granted us a rare sitting with the legendary photographer Nadav Kander. We chose Kander because of his remarkable ability to capture the mood of a moment. He has photographed some of the most iconic people of our time — from Sir Paul McCartney and Brad Pitt to Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, who is also featured in this issue. The two Obama portraits appearing in the issue are the first formal portraits of the President since his re-election.

(See more: Barack Obama, 2012 Person of the Year )

As managing editor Rick Stengel writes in his editor’s letter, “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.” To capture that magnitude, TIME commissioned Kander, whose signature style is defined by his exquisite lighting and almost painterly touch, to make a historic cover. The last time he photographed the President was in 2009 for The New York Times Magazine.

Callie Shell for TIME

President Barack Obama with TIME’s Director of Photography, Kira Pollack, during the photo shoot in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Dec. 12, 2012.

“When photographing such a high profile individual, it’s a huge challenge to not let their high profile take over the process,” Kander says. “I wanted to make a meaningful photograph that reflected pause in a person’s life and reflect his humanity.”

Kira Pollack, Director of Photography

(Related: 48 Hours with President Obama by Callie Shell )

TIME Picks the Top Photographic Magazine Covers of 2012

The best photographs don’t always make the best covers. It takes a smart concept, a meticulously executed image, smoothly integrated typography and the combination of all those factors to create an immediate and lasting impact. Our top ten photographic covers of 2012 show exquisite use of photography.

The most notable is New York Magazine’s magnificent cover by photographer Iwan Baan of a half blacked-out Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. It’s instantly iconic and will become one of the greatest covers of all time. In the mix is also W‘s stunning fashion cover image of Marion Cotillard, ESPN‘s high-concept “Fantasy Football” cover, depicting an NFL player in a magical forest with a unicorn, and a photojournalistic cover, the Economist’s powerful image documenting the personal toll of the conflict in Gaza.

We also decided to include two covers in the mix that were striking photo-based illustrations. An aged Obama on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek as well as a thoughtful commission by the New York Times Magazine for the visual artist Idris Kahn to reinterpret an iconic landmark on their London-themed cover.

A great cover is always a collaborative effort. To caption each of our selected covers, we spoke to a mix of editors, photo directors, art directors and photographers who took part during different stages of the creative process. In our selection, we refrained from choosing any TIME covers, though if we were to choose one, it would be Martin Schoeller’s arresting image of a mother breast-feeding her 4-year-old son, “Are You Mom Enough?”

Kira Pollack, Director of Photography

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2012

Ten percent of all of the photographs made in the entire history of photography were made last year — an astounding figure. More than ever before, thanks in part to cell phone technology, the world is engaged with photography and communicating through pictures.

Nonetheless, a great photograph will rise above all the others. The ten photographs we present here are the pictures that moved us most in 2012. They all deliver a strong emotional impact — whether they show a child mourning his father who was killed by a sniper in Syria (slide #3); a heartbreaking scene in a Gaza City morgue (slide #1); a haunting landscape of New Jersey coastline after Hurricane Sandy, a rollercoaster submerged under the tide (slide #2); or a rare glimpse of President Obama moments before he goes out on stage during a campaign rally (slide #9). We spoke to each of the photographers about their images, and their words provide the captions here.

Over the past several days, we’ve unveiled TIME’s Best Photojournalism and Best Portraits of the Year galleries on LightBox. And in the next three weeks, we will be rolling out even more end-of-year features: the Most Surprising Pictures of the Year; the Best Photo Books of the Year; the Top 10 Photographic Magazine Covers of the Year and other compelling galleries. We will also recognize TIME’s choice for the Best Wire Photographer of the Year. Senior photo editor Phil Bicker is curating many of these galleries with help from the photo team at TIME. His discerning eye has been responsible for the curation of TIME’s Pictures of the Week throughout the year, galleries that regularly present the best of the week’s images, with surprising and sometimes offbeat takes on the news.  We will round off the year on December 31 with our second-annual “365: Year in Pictures,” a comprehensive look at the strongest picture of every day of 2012.

Kira Pollack, Director of Photography

The future of photography

It’s been at least six months since an institution posed the modest question, what is the future of photography? so here is the latest manifestation of that discourse. During Unseen 2012, the Friday afternoon panel discussion ‘Future of Photography’ examined ‘what’s next’ in the contemporary photography landscape. Panel discussions members included Marc Feustel (Eyecurious blog), Simon Baker (Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate), James Reid (Director of Photography at Wallpaper), Christine Ollier (Artistic Director of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire), Francois Hébel (Director of Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival). The discussion was moderated by Marcel Feil, Artistic Director of FOAM.

In all seriousness, it’s a highly engaging and enjoyable video, particularly the section that flags up work from the new generation of photographic artists who are making waves (think Dru Donovan, Asger Carlsen, Letha Wilson, Akiko Takizawa to name but a few) and serves to highlight the many and various directions in which the medium is headed. If you want to read a summary of the issues that came to the fore before watching click here.

Getty Awards $80,000 to Four Photojournalists at Perpignan

On Thursday, Getty Images awarded $80,000 in grants supporting the work of four international photojournalists. Bharat Choudhary, Kosuke Okahara, Paolo Marchetti and Sebastian Liste each received $20,000 prizes and editorial support as winners of the 2012 Getty Grants for Editorial Photography. An additional $20,000 was also pledged to the Chris Hondros Fund in order to further support photojournalism and public awareness initiatives through an award given to Andrea Bruce and Dominic Bracco in June.

Announced at Visa pour l’Image, the annual festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France, the grants—first established in 2004—aim to “enable emerging and established photojournalists to pursue projects of personal and editorial merit, focusing attention on significant social and cultural issues.”

This year’s panel of judges, including Whitney Johnson (Director of Photography, The New Yorker), Jean-Francois Leroy (Director, Visa pour l’Image), Barbara Griffin (Turner Broadcasting Systems), Kira Pollack (Director of Photography, TIME) and photographer Stephanie Sinclair, sorted through 328 story proposals from 60 countries, eventually narrowing in on four projects. According to Aidan Sullivan, Vice President of Assignments at Getty, these four winning projects “deal with a range of compelling and multifaceted issues, from the devastation caused by the Japanese natural disasters to modern day slavery in Brazil.”

Bharat Choudhary, an Indian photographer based in London, was recognized for his project, The Silence of Others, which aims to explore the societal and cultural alienation of Muslim youth in France. His project initially began two years ago by examining the ‘Islamophobia’ of aspects of American and British life. The grant will allow Choudhary to continue his project, delving further into specific triggers inherent to French society.

Four years ago, Paolo Marchetti began FEVER – The Awakening of European Fascism after noticing a resurgence of interest in extreme right-wing politics. The Rome-based photographer has documented the exponential growth of citizens fleeing their own country in the wake of the Arab Spring. Marchetti will expand the project to other European countries with the award funds.

Tokyo-based photographer Kosuke Okahara documented the devastation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011. The grant will help Okahara continue Fragments/Fukushima as he investigates the true meaning of the disaster upon the world’s populations through images and audio interviews.

Sebastian Liste‘s project, The Brazilian Far West, explores the inequalities caused by Brazil’s slow and gradual abolition of slavery, particularly affecting the plight of peasants. Liste, a Spaniard, plans to create a multimedia map illustrating the origins of Brazilian inequality and violence, utilizing photography, video and first person interviews to draw attention to the effects caused by 4% of Brazil’s landowners controlling 80% of the country’s arable land.

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography are awarded each year. The projects of past recipients may be viewed here.

FOTOVISURA PAVILLION, San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you are not familiar with the FotoVisura empire, now is a good time to explore the many options and opportunities they provide for photographers around the globe. FotoVisura is an organization that provides consultations, workshops, grants, and produces one of the most stellar on-line publications in the photo world, Visura Magazine. Their newest offering is a 4 day photography event set in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
FotoVisura Inc. is
delighted to announce The
2012 FotoVisura Pavilion 
in
San Juan, Puerto Rico
 (August 30th-September 2nd, 2012) –
a four-day contemporary photography event celebrating international and local
photography through exhibitions, panel talks, and a portfolio consultation
and review. Sponsored by the Viso Lizardi Family, The 2012 FotoVisura Pavilion
is made possible in Puerto Rico with the support ofThe Sheraton Puerto Rico
Hotel and Casino, El Nuevo Dia and Buena Vibra Group, as well as many
other local and international institutions. This year’s Guest Curator is Whitney
Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker. Co-founded by Adriana
Teresa and Graham Letorney 
FotoVisura Inc. is a
publishing, production, design, and online media company dedicated to
photography. FV Inc. has produced Visura Magazine (2009), The FotoVisura
Pavilion (2009), FotoVisura.com (2010), The FotoVisura Grant (2010), The
FotoVisura Panel Discussions (2010), The FotoVisura Portfolio Consultation
and Review (2011) and The Photo Editing Summer Sessions at the Visura
Lodge (2012) in 
Stowe, Vermont.
A note from the
co-foundersWe welcome you to join us, and truly hope to see you in Puerto
Rico! To anyone who is interested in participating in our events or
coming down for the weekend—do contact us at [email protected] 
We can offer great discount
rates with the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, as well as with
Delta Airlines.

The Portfolio
Consultation & Review

As part of the 2012
FotoVisura Pavilion, FotoVisura Inc. 


announces the
first FotoVisura Portfolio Consultation and Review at the Sheraton Puerto
Rico Hotel & Casino
 in


San Juan, Puerto Rico on
Saturday, September 1, 2012. A dynamic session in which a
photographer presents  their work in one-on-one sessions with each of
the participating editors. The goal is to assist with the
preparation of a portfolio or projectfor formal presentation. The
editorial team includes the Visura Magazinestaff as well as a
carefully selected group of leading photography editors and
curators. Each editor will meet with participants individually
to review and give consultation on portfolios. Through this process,
each photographer will receive a highly productive 3 hour
intensive workshop with a variety of perspectiveand approaches from
leading professionals.

Date: September 1, 2012
Location: Sheraton
Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Blvd., 
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration
Fee: $125.00
Capacity: 33
participants
Schedule:
8:00-8:45am-Registration
9:00-12:00am-Session I
1:00-1:45pm-Registration
2:00-5:00pm-Session II
Participating
Editors
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado,
Curator/ El Museo del Barrio
Carrie Levy, Senior Photo
Editor/ Wired Magazine
Christina Cahill, NY
Deputy Editor/ Reportage by
Getty
Images
Elizabeth
Krist, Senior Photo Editor/ National Geographic
James Estrin, Senior
Staff Photographer & co-Editor/ NY Times Lens   Blog
Deborah
Dragon, Deputy Editor/ Rolling Stone
Magazine
Whitney
Johnson, Director of Photography/ The New Yorker
Myles
Little, Associate Photo Editor/ Time Magazine
Larissa Vázquez
Zapata, Editor/ El Nuevo Dia
Lilliana
Ramos-Collado, Curator/ Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art
Architect Luis
Gutierrez, Collector & Owner/ The
Gutierrez-Bermudez Collection
Graham
Letorney, co-Founder/ FotoVisura Inc., Editor/ Visura Magazine’s Spotlight &
Guest Curator/ 100
Words on NPR Picture Show Blog
Patricia Nagy
Travieso, Executive Editor/ Elle Magazine’s International Edition
Thursday:
Events:
3:00-5:00pm, Walkthrough
at The Gutierrez-Bermúdez Collection, 644 Ave. Fernandez Juncos (SOLD
OUT)
Photo Gallery Nights,
Part I:
Hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sheraton Puerto Rico
Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto
Rico (Cocktail from 6-7pm)
ArtLab 753, 753 Av
Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cocktail from 7-10pm)
Roberto Paradise, 610-614
Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cocktail from 7-10pm)
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan
Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday:
Events:
8:00-9:00am: Deborah
Dragon, Deputy Editor for Rolling Stone Magazine will give a talk
at St. John’s High School about being a
Photo Editor.
9:00-11:00am: Walkthrough
Tour at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (SOLD
OUT)
9:30-11:30am: The
FotoVisura Panel Discussion on Photojournalism & The Ethics of
Photojournalism  Today at El Nuevo Dia Central Offices: Moderated by
Whitney Johnson (DP at The New Yorker) with James Estrin (NY Times), Myles
Little (Time Magazine) and Elizabeth Krist (National Geographic)
12:00-2:00pm: Lunch
at The Parrot Club (SOLD
OUT)
2:00-4:00pm: Walkthrough
Tour at Museo de las Américas of the Bienal de Fotografía de Puerto
Rico with The Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art
 Curator Lilliana Ramos and Executive
Director and Head Curator Marianne Ramírez Aponte (SOLD OUT).
Photo Gallery Nights,
Part II:
Hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Private Cocktail /
Invitation Only, at Casa Aboy, 900 Avenida Ponce de León San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lobby at the Sheraton
Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan Puerto
Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av
Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614
Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Saturday:
Events:
7:30-10:00pm: Underground Dining Club / Benefit
Event for CEIP-PR (SOLD OUT)
Galleries/ Exhibitions
Hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Lobby at the
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San
Juan, Puerto Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av Fernández
Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614
Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan
Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sunday:
Events:
Walkthrough
Tour at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (1-3pm) (SOLD
OUT)
Galleries/ Exhibitions
Hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Lobby at the
Sheraton Puerto RIco Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San
Juan, Puerto Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av
Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614
Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan
Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico

FOTO VISURA PAVILION: San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you are not familiar with the FotoVisura empire, now is a good time to explore the many options and opportunities they provide for photographers around the globe. FotoVisura is an organization that provides consultations, workshops, grants, and produces one of the most stellar on-line publications in the photo world, Visura Magazine. Their newest offering is a 4 day photography event set in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

in San Juan, Puerto Rico (August 30th-September 2nd, 2012)
 a four-day contemporary photography event celebrating international
 and local photography through exhibitions, panel talks, and a portfolio 
 consultation and review. Sponsored by the Viso Lizardi Family, The 2012
 FotoVisura Pavilion is made possible in Puerto Rico with the support of 
 The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, El Nuevo Dia and Buena 
Vibra
Group, as well as many other local and international institutions. 
This
year’s Guest Curator is Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography 
at The
New Yorker. Co-founded by Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney,
 FotoVisura
Inc. is a publishing, production, design, and online media
 company
dedicated to photography. FV Inc. has produced Visura
 Magazine (2009),
The FotoVisura Pavilion (2009), FotoVisura.com
 (2010), The FotoVisura
Grant (2010), The FotoVisura Panel Discussions 
(2010), The FotoVisura
Portfolio Consultation and Review (2011) and 
The Photo Editing Summer
Sessions at the Visura Lodge (2012) in 
Stowe, Vermont.
A note from the co-founders:
We welcome you to join us, and truly hope to see you in Puerto Rico! 
To
anyone who is interested in participating in our events or coming 
down
for the weekend—do contact us at [email protected] 
We can offer great
discount rates with the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel 
and Casino, as well
as with Delta Airlines.


The Portfolio Consultation & Review

As part of the 2012 FotoVisura Pavilion, FotoVisura Inc. 
announces the first FotoVisura Portfolio Consultation
 and Review at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in
San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, September 1, 2012.
A dynamic session in which a photographer presents 
their work in
one-on-one sessions with each of the participating editors. 
The goal is
to assist with the preparation of a portfolio or project
for formal
presentation. The editorial team includes the Visura Magazine
staff as
well as a carefully selected group of leading photography 
editors and
curators. Each editor will meet with participants individually to 
review
and give consultation on portfolios. Through this process, each 
 photographer will receive a highly productive 3 hour intensive workshop 
 with a variety of perspective and approaches from leading professionals.
Date: September 1, 2012
Location: Sheraton Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Blvd., 
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration Fee: $125.00
Capacity: 33 participants
Schedule:
8:00-8:45am-Registration
9:00-12:00am-Session I
1:00-1:45pm-Registration
2:00-5:00pm-Session II


Participating Editors

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator/ El Museo del Barrio
Carrie Levy, Senior Photo Editor/ Wired Magazine
Christina Cahill, NY Deputy Editor/ Reportage by Getty Images
Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor/ National Geographic
James Estrin, Senior Staff Photographer & co-Editor/ NY Times Lens   Blog
Deborah Dragon, Deputy Editor/ Rolling Stone Magazine
Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography/ The New Yorker
Myles Little, Associate Photo Editor/ Time Magazine
Larissa Vázquez Zapata, Editor/ El Nuevo Dia
Lilliana Ramos-Collado, Curator/ Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art
Architect Luis Gutierrez, Collector & Owner/ The Gutierrez-Bermudez Collection
Graham Letorney, co-Founder/ FotoVisura Inc., Editor/ Visura Magazine’s Spotlight & Guest Curator/ 100 Words on NPR Picture Show Blog
Patricia Nagy Travieso, Executive Editor/ Elle Magazine’s International Edition



Thursday:


Events:
3:00-5:00pm, Walkthrough at The Gutierrez-Bermúdez Collection, 644 Ave. Fernandez Juncos (SOLD OUT)
Photo Gallery Nights, Part I:
Hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cocktail from 6-7pm)
ArtLab 753, 753 Av Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cocktail from 7-10pm)
Roberto Paradise, 610-614 Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cocktail from 7-10pm)
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Friday:

Events:
8:00-9:00am: Deborah Dragon, Deputy Editor for Rolling Stone Magazine will give a talk at St. John’s High School about being a Photo Editor.
9:00-11:00am: Walkthrough Tour at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (SOLD OUT)
9:30-11:30am: The FotoVisura
Panel Discussion on Photojournalism & The Ethics of Photojournalism
Today at El Nuevo Dia Central Offices: Moderated by Whitney Johnson (DP
at The New Yorker) with James Estrin (NY Times), Myles Little (Time
Magazine) and Elizabeth Krist (National Geographic)

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch at The Parrot Club (SOLD OUT)
2:00-4:00pm: Walkthrough Tour at Museo de las Américas of the Bienal de Fotografía de Puerto Rico with The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Lilliana Ramos and Executive Director and Head Curator Marianne Ramírez Aponte (SOLD OUT).

Photo Gallery Nights, Part II:
Hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Private Cocktail / Invitation Only, at Casa Aboy, 900 Avenida Ponce de León San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lobby at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan Puerto Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614 Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico


Saturday:

Events:
8:00-5:00pm: The FotoVisura Portfolio Consultation and Review
7:30-10:00pm: Underground Dining Club / Benefit Event for CEIP-PR (SOLD OUT)

Galleries/ Exhibitions
Hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Lobby at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614 Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Sunday:

Events:
Walkthrough Tour at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (1-3pm) (SOLD OUT)

Galleries/ Exhibitions
Hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Lobby at the Sheraton Puerto RIco Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto Rico
ArtLab 753, 753 Av Fernández Juncos San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roberto Paradise, 610-614 Calle Hipódromo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Casa Aboy, 900 Ave. Juan Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jessica Eaton: Cube, Color, Cosmos

Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton uses her camera to create color invisible to the naked eye. She gives bright hues to gray forms in her series Cubes for Albers and LeWitt, and that work was recently awarded the photography prize at the 2012 Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography—a prize for which TIME’s director of photography Kira Pollack sat on the jury.

Jessica Eaton

A gray cube in Eaton’s studio

“We’ve all mixed two colors of paint together, and either it makes another color or, if you keep going, it gets muddy and progressively gets darker,” she explains. “In light, things work really differently.” Eaton explains that she exploits the properties of light through additive color separation: whereas the primary pigment colors (red, blue, yellow) get darker as they blend, the primary colors of light (red, blue, green) move toward white. Eaton applies filters in those three colors to her camera and takes multiple exposures, a process that turns the gray form seen here into the vibrant ones seen above. “The color itself is mixed inside the camera,” she says.

One of the byproducts of Eaton’s process is an element of surprise: because her images are created within the camera, she doesn’t know what she’ll get until the photos are developed. “It’s a bit of a conversation with the world,” she says. “With the forces of time and space and contingency and errors that happen, because often there’s so many steps going into one of these, I get back something that’s also new to me, and those are the pictures that tend to end up in exhibits.”

Jessica Eaton

Filter Samples for Spectrum, 2009

Her work in other series, samples of which are also included in this gallery, may use different techniques (for example, Spectrum is the product of covering a window with gels, as shown here), but they all come back to experimentation with light and color. That experimentation is something that she has been building toward throughout her career. Eaton says that when she began taking pictures, in 1998, her work tended toward documentary and portrait photography. But even then, working in the dark room, she says that she felt a push to test different processes and see what would happen. She was aware of the science of light at work even in what she calls “normal” photographs, aware that subject and content buried those phenomena, preventing viewers from seeing what was there. In 2006, her work shifted and she began to bring those hidden elements to the forefront. She isolated light and color and time, even though to do so was to challenge the classical definition of photography as a way to capture a single moment. Her multiple exposures—as in Quantum Pong, which comprises four exposures of more than 500 ping-pong balls that had been dropped 20 feet—allow her to leave that definition behind. “In most of these photographs, what you’re looking at is more than one moment,” she says. “They aren’t static moments of time. They’re layers of time.”

But the photographer likes challenging definitions, and not just photographic ones. Although she dislikes the term “abstract” as a description of her work—it implies that the light she captures doesn’t exist in reality—Eaton says that her photographs acknowledge “how incredibly limited our ability to perceive the world is.” We lack the sensory mechanisms to see her colors with our naked eyes, and Eaton sees that as a metaphor for our inability to see the extent of the physical universe, whether it includes multiple dimensions or parallel universes. And, in that metaphor, she sees hope. “I love the idea that no matter how bad it gets,” she says, “there’s this wild so-called reality way beyond what we have decided it is.”

Jessica Eaton is a Canadian photographer. Her work will be presented in a solo show at next year’s Hyères festival. See more of her work here or here.