Rise and Fall

Nicholas Pye


Patience, observation, performance: In Rise and Fall I study and intervene with light, architecture, and lens. These works manifest themselves through the performativity of both light and the figure—each treated as equal subjects. Each environment was selected only after spending much time in its physical space, watching and experiencing distinctive changes to the quality of light at various periods of the day and night. Within these considered spaces, performances were enacted as a response to the types of affect and physical charge each location conjured. By embodying these spaces for the lens, I create still photographs that are rooted in duration and reflect the psychological nature between presence and absence. This is realized through the representation of what the light reveals in the frame, what darkness obscures, and by how much the figure wittingly divulges.

—Nicholas Pye