Around Here combines motion-picture duration with the stasis of the fixed image through a technique the artist calls the radial pan. During exposure, the camera rotates precisely around the lens axis, bending the linear exposure time into a circle, forming a closed loop reminiscent of the film loop. A circle is understood with just a glance; it is narrative free and immune to temporality. Theoretically, at the infinitely small centre of a rotating circle—the dead centre—there is no movement, and this is revealed in the appearance of Chris Gallagher’s photographs. The image smear created by the radial camera’s movement shifts the subject’s representation from the real to the abstract, suggesting temporality as the dominant element of representation, rather than spatial depiction.
The images of Around Here are an instant imbued with duration, a continuous moment to which the viewer brings their sense of self and seeks a point of identification. They oscillate between positioning themselves at the dead centre of the image, in the cryogenic stasis (the photograph) but longing for dynamic time and space, and as a satellite, whirling in the circle (the movie) of an unknowable space over an uncontrollable time, wishing for the transcendental stasis of the centre.