Project Space: Leigh Brodie
by Risa Puleo
“What the eye does is to find and focus on the particular subject within the mass of reality; what the camera does is simply to register upon film the decision made by the eye.”
--Henri Cartier Bresson, The Decisive Moment, 1952
The notion of the “decisive moment”—Cartier Bresson’s term to describe the moment when the astute photographer captures and records captures life as it arranges itself into a “rigorously organized” picture--posits that there is an optimal time to photograph an event. Assuming Cartier-Bresson’s assertion is a valid hypothesis, Leigh Brodie uses custom computer visualization software to quantify the qualitative. Brodie--who recently moved from Austin to Los Angles—establishes a set of criteria processed through a series of algorithms to identify such "decisive moments" from a stream of images. In her most recent work for this project, Brodie has staged and recorded actions with definitive outcomes: the roll of a pair of dice, the breaking of a wishbone and a game of rock, paper, scissors. Through the process of translating IRL images into digital information Brodie begins to dismantle the romance surrounding the photographer-auteur and recognize the machine-eye for its part in image construction.
 “In real life,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_life.
Risa Puleo is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art