Pato Hebert

These images record my breath made visible when exhaled into the cold night air. This very simple but beautiful manifestation of existence moves me. Like my breath, which floats off into the chilly darkness, these images float between figuration and abstraction. They continue my explorations into the evocative and the ephemeral as it relates to our wellbeing.

The title, Trying to Catch Your Breath, refers to the literal process of making the images, my effort to try to record my breath in photographic form. Breathing is more of a process than a ‘thing,’ but in cold air, the breath is made visible — ephemeral yet palpable, unstable yet compelling. The title also alludes to the Buddhist spiritual practice of trying to catch one’s breath, to slow down and nourish a healthier, calmer mental state. The hectic pace and imbalance in my daily living can lead to insecurities, anxieties and fear.

I am intrigued by the range of registers recorded by the camera in this series. The images shift radically depending on the intensity of my exhalations, the temperature and humidity of the air, and the proximity of the lens to the breath. These images evoke smoke and clouds but are in fact a record of the brief moment when air from my lungs is then exhaled back into the surrounding environment. For me this process is as fundamental and profound as it is mundane. My pictures aim to hover in such an indeterminate yet poetic space.”

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
Size: 33×25.7 cm
Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
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Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
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Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
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Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
Size: 33×25.7 cm
Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
Size: 33×25.7 cm
Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
Size: 33×25.7 cm
Date: 2008

 

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Medium: Digital Type C Print
Size: 33×25.7 cm
Date: 2008

 

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