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Gary Nakamoto

Working with a 4×5 view camera, Oakland photographer Gary Nakamoto takes a single exposure for the length of a religious service. The series titled Durational Exposures captures the architecture of a church or temple in sharp focus, while the movement of the worshippers is recorded as a blur of ghostly images. Using a color negative to capture an hour-long religious service, the process attempts to compress a four-dimensional event into a two dimensional photographic print. His otherworldly images allude to the transience of human existence and the permanence of architecture. Each of the Durational Exposures projects concludes with Nakamoto presenting the congregation with a photograph of the event.