Barbara Probst takes photographs that share more than a subject, the share a moment in time.
Via Booooooom: “In each series the same exact second is captured from different viewpoints. Her work questions the authority of a lone photograph by revealing several different representations of the same moment.”
Because we know they were taken at the same time, we’re invited to construct in our minds an idea of what the actual space was like. Probst gives us just enough visual cues like the presence of camera tripods, the framing of shots, and the orientation of the actors to invite the viewer to explore the greater structure of the photographs. Each series contains a puzzle that causes us to question any one perspective.
The puzzle of perspective brings to mind the recent exploration platformer Fez, by Polytron. In Fez, like Probst’s photographs, a shift of perspective (in Fez it’s a rotation around the Y axis) reveals connections that were previously unfathomable. In Fez, you explore a 3d environment from a 2d perspective, jumping and climbing and switching perspective in order to traverse. Fez, of course, holds many more secrets.