Zak Alexander Rose (b.1992) is a Boston based photographer, and is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Boston’s BFA program. His work deals with the mechanics of the camera on the surface, while the themes explore basic elements of the constructed world such as time, in order to get a better sense of how these factors are actively shaping a reality. His goal as a person is to attempt to transcend past human constructs.
“8 years ago, I stopped being able to turn my brain off at night, which developed into insomnia. Due to wakefulness, my relationship with time transformed, as the hours I felt awake became sporadic and unpredictable. I recently became curious as to how the structure of the workweek effects the way we experience our reality.
I’m interested in the cultural aspect of American calendar imagery, as it is the most popular way to measure the year. The most popular genres are cats and dogs, European or Mediterranean countryside’s, sex positions, Thomas Kinkade, and bible verses. Recording the days, months, and years that have passed, creates this lull for me, as I become jaded to the significance between what the difference between Monday and Tuesday is when considered on a cosmic scale, as opposed to a work week.
It seems that when people are driving they completely lose grasp of time, in a sense that driving 80 mph on the highway vs. 60 mph will get you to your destination roughly 5 minutes faster. I think that is what the term “getting lost in the moment” is about. The time it takes for the corpse of an animal to decay depends on the circumstances of the environment. If certain animals have a shorter lifespan, but experience age in a similar way that we do, how would the entirety of a cat’s lifespan feel relative to one of ours? “Time flies when you’re having fun” is a cliché, however, like the decaying corpse in the landscape, does the experience of time shift based on psychological circumstance?”
To view more of Zak’s work please visit his website.