by Eve HELLER
1998 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 11' 00
«A study of passers by at Astor Place in New York City who speak silent volumes as they move by the mirrored surface of a diner window. I was thinking about film's amber-like ability to capture particulars of time and place, largely letting the camera stay put while an unwitting world unfolds. At the same time, the camera is not on a tripod, 'real time' is tampered with, etc. A question is raised as to who's watching whom and tensions arise in the silence of seeing selves busy with the riddle of their reflection. ASTOR PLACE offers a sublime essence of the anthropological camera, in which it disappears into pure reflection». Brian Frye.