Having worked for 10 years in editorial photography, Duley now focuses his work on humanitarian projects, working with well-respected charities such as Medecins Sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR in order to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attention and action.
The ‘One Second Of Light’ exhibition was a collection of photographs by Giles Duley created over the past decade. It’s not a retrospective, but rather an anthology of stories, moments that let us take a glimpse into the lives of others. Whilst the photographs are created in places of conflict and disaster, these are not images of victims or events, but rather moments of life and normality, scenes that we can all relate to. They are stories about a shared humanity.
“When putting this collection together,” said Duley, “I became fascinated by the question of time. Most of my images are taken at 1/60 sec and 1/125 second, which means when you put this whole collection together, the reality is they only add up to a second of light. A second that gives insight into other lives, but also makes us question how much we don’t see. I see myself as a storyteller, and this exhibition represents my reflections on the most powerful stories I’ve been entrusted with.”
The exhibition will include a collaborative installation: 21,900,000,000 and counting – a social media camera obscura, by Giles Duley, Simon Pride and Martin Coyne.
21,900,000,000 and counting – a social media camera obscura
In a world that is super saturated with images, the installation responds to the struggle of photographers to make images that illuminate our lives.
The development of photography and the camera can be linked back to the camera obscura; Latin for ‘dark room’. But whereas a camera captures a single image, this installation enables us to glimpse insights from the lenses of 300 million Instagram users across the globe.
Using the orientation of the International Space Station, which orbits the earth every 90 minutes, the obscura shows a selection of images, based on their location, in real time, as they are uploaded and consumed online.
We all observe. But do we see?