“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” – Saint Augustine
As a professional drummer who’s title is that of time-keeper, I’m constantly challenged by the responsibility of holding the band together, making the music feel good, and all while “keeping time”. It’s expected of me to lay a solid-yet-continuously-flowing foundation on which the music can be built. Yet it all must be done “in time”, at a consistent tempo that is neither too fast nor too slow.
But if it is the drummer’s job to keep time, then it is the photographer’s job to capture it; to try and pin down a fleeting moment that has already vanished a split-second after the shutter has been released.
However, during a recent visit to Oaxaca, Mexico, I didn’t want to capture time so much as to just get lost in it; to stop looking at the clock and allow myself to be swept up in the current of this exotic place that I’d dreamt of visiting for so many years. A place full of rich color, soft light, beauty and mystery, as well as a certain sense of timelessness.
I’ve never considered myself the journalistic, story-telling type, preferring to capture a feeling rather than facts; a strong sense of place or a glimpse of that ineffable “something” that you can’t quite put your finger on.
My hope is that I was able to achieve that here: a brief glimpse into the heart and soul of this unique and timeless place that is Oaxaca.
David Ingraham is a Los Angeles-based musician who spends most of his free time pursuing and obsessing over photography. Though he can’t recall a time when he wasn’t interested in taking pictures, it wasn’t until his mid thirties that he began to take photography more seriously, immersing himself in the work of the masters as well as building a darkroom at home. But after years of experimenting with different styles, genres, and cameras in an attempt to find his own voice, something unexpected happened that would forever change the course of his photographic pursuits: he bought an iPhone. Being able to shoot, edit, and post his work all from the palm of his hand revolutionized his whole approach to photography and he’s shot with almost nothing else since. As a member of the mobile-photography group Tiny Collective – a world-wide group of like-minded street iPhoneographers – he hopes to be able to play a role in the legitimization of mobile photography, viewing it as the latest chapter in the history of photography.