What is photography, especially black and white photography, but chiaroscuro? I wanted to locate the medium within the theme. That is, to ask the question again: what does a photograph contain other than light and shadow? Or, what are the conditions of representing light and shadow in a photograph? For me the answer was time—the aim to make visible the relation between time and light and shadow. The only source of light in the photographs is the small wax candle visible in the frame. Over time, between 60 and 120 seconds, the light reflects the body, creating form. In the space of the exposure, the body trembles, the wind blows, the photograph reflects time.
Benjamin Stein is a photographer based in Baltimore. He is looking for a job.