A photograph is not a rendering,
an imitation or an interpretation of its subject,
but actually a trace of it.
This video, titled Guoda, depicts the gradual development of a Polaroid photograph. The image slowly appears as the chemicals in the Polaroid form an image and then gradually disappears again. The photograph itself, a portrait of a young girl, is meant to trigger a memory, either real or imagined. In this way, Guoda calls into question the way memories are often preserved, or even generated by photographs. Guoda also challenges viewers to reconsider the nature of photography in the digital era. By recording the development process of a Polaroid image, a product that was originally intended to make photography more "instantaneous", the still image has become a time-based art form. This union of still and moving image, as well as of digital and analog processes, allows viewers the opportunity to experience a photograph as much more than just a moment in time.