Silver & Light, Part VI: Death Do Us Part

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Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter is one of those photographers. Ian uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique . He is currently traveling around his home country, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the sixth part, titled Death Do Us Part.

I’m standing in the dark 1000 miles from home in a graveyard. The morning light arrived and my eyes began to focus. This was the moment everything became clear. I woke up from a nightmare that had lasted seven years. I realized I was surrounded by everything I loved. That’s where the name Death Do Us Part came from.

Seven years ago a series of events occurred that left me standing alone, frozen in time. I stood there for years consumed by my own thoughts.

Death Do Us Part is the fear of letting go of our past in order to reach for the future. When we take this leap of faith we decide to let go of our fears. We begin free falling with nothing to hold on to. These are the rare instances that we are actually living in the moment.

 

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In this rare instance I had an uncontrollable desire to build this device. I now call my camera the Time Machine. While I was building this camera something magical happened. I finally let go my fears and reached out. Originally it was a mechanical project and slowly it morphed to a soul-searching Journey. I believe this relates to photography in general. When we obtain our first camera we view it as a material object. Somehow it transforms into a key that allows us to explore what’s in our hearts. This device opens doors that we could never have imagined.  This is Death Do Us Part. In the moment of freefalling I open my eyes and realized I was surrounded by everything I love.

The concept behind the Death Do Us Part film is that we hold on to our past, where it is safe. At some point we have to let go of the past and take a leap of faith in order to grab on to the future. This is the moment where we are suspended in time with nothing to hold on to. These are the rare instances that we are actually living in the moment.

When we let go of the past there is a surreal moment where we are free falling with nothing to hold onto. These are the rare instances that we are actually living in the moment.

Written by Ian Ruhter

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Comments (5)

  • frank

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    i would love to one day hear about this film winning an award at sundance or anywere. this is true americana. verry enjoyable to watch..contact PBS to get it on there POV serise or on independent lense.

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  • sandro

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    I have a hard time understanding your photographs……I do not understand what is the photograph and what is all the other things around it….Best Sandro

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  • Trish

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    So touching! I love your work I have been watching you on the net for awhile now. You keep getting better. This one has touched me the most. I too have lost the people I love and cherish. Bravo

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  • tommaso de massimi

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    wonderful, I’ll offer my congratulations to the mastery of the technique and philosophy of recovery. I admire you, I tried to take pictures with gum bichromate but I stopped because I had health problems and also because I was printing formats exaggerated, 110×80 and operate alone was tiring. congratulations again and as the Romans said to majora.tom

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