Five Sunsets in One Hour
Ackling draws scorched lines by concentrating the sun’s rays through a hand-held magnifying glass. To obtain the ‘sun lines’ for this work, he stopped at given intervals during a walk up Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight. These five stages are ‘sunsets’ because each time the sun sank below his immediate horizon line, he had to climb higher to catch sight of it again.*
To be honest, I don’t really care about the idea behind this work; I like the way it looks, on this page of this blog. It looks like evidence that a process happened, resulting in an only partially intentional record or artifact. It doesn’t matter what it was. Similarly, I don’t particularly care what the photographs preceding this are pictures of, or where they were taken, so much as the picture itself, and the way it looks on the page. If a work of art is photographed in situ, it’s the resulting picture I’m posting, not a reference to the work of art itself.