Cameras are clocks for seeing

Drawing on Roland Barthes book, Camera Lucida, Cameras are clocks for seeing incorporates text fragments from Barthes as stanzas interspersed into personal meditations on landscape photographs taken by my beloved as a teenager.

As a curator of Good Symptom (3rd Thing Press, 2023), a serial publication of time-based literature, I have been spending a lot of time with Barthes Camera Lucida, the source material for the title of the publication. During this time, I discovered these photographs in my husband's childhood dresser and was inspired to meditate on how Seattle (the city where we met) and the time that we have spent there (together and apart) has shaped how we experience place, identity, and our relationship.

  • Chelsea Werner
  • Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
  • Roland Barthes
    Camera Lucida
  • Max Kraushaar
    Featured Photos
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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 3, 2023
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    United States
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Director Biography - Chelsea Werner

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is a curator of Good Symptom, A Serial Anthology of Time-Based Disturbances (3rd This Press 2023-2024), the author of the chapbooks Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017), Borough Body (Cold Cube Press, 2017), and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). Her interest in how words are experienced has led to solo work and collaborations with artists across media to create gallery installations, music performances, broadsides, karaoke, and video poetry. She is co-founder and co-director of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, the only video poetry festival in the Pacific Northwest. She also founded and was director of Till, a literary organization.

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