The true content
of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with
form, but with time. One might argue that photography is as close
to music as to painting. . . a photograph bears witness to a human
choice being exercised. This choice is not between photographing
x and y: but between photographing at x moment or at y moment.
The Look of Things, 1974
Taking a picture of people through
a gas lamp wouldnt occur to a lot of photographers, but Fuka saw
the lamps potential as a container for the people on the street.
It looks like an hourglass, and since the people appear to be waiting
for something the two ideas work together. A photograph represents a moment
in time, adding yet another layer of meaning.
Eva Fuka used darkroom special effects to create this picture. The entire
photograph was printed at the correct exposure, then Fuka burned
in the area outside of the gas lamp to darken it by adding light to the
print in the darkroom. Burning and dodging (holding back light from a
print) are techniques many photographers use to give different parts of
prints different exposures in the darkroom. Fuka took the technique a
step further to create an unnatural scene that comments on time.