St Augustine said about time: “What is time? If you don’t ask me, I know; but if you ask me, I don’t know”.
At the end of the 4th century and way ahead of his time, this theologian and philosopher went on to elaborate on ideas about subjective time as it co-exists through three essential categories: “time present of things past, or memory; time present of things present, or direct experience; time present of future things, or expectation.”
Altogether, it’s almost a formula for making a photographic image. Every shutter click distills a kind of truth told in that moment, as it has been before and will be again. The difference now, which St Augustine would appreciate, is that we can hold a photograph up like a mirror to the present at the same time it represents the past.
This is the idea we aimed for in the Palm Project, a program devised for Oasis, using photography as a subtle path towards self-reflection.