According to quantum mechanics we have forty conscious moments per second, and our brains connect this sequence of “nows” to create the illusion of the flow of time. So, what would things look like if that intermittence was made visible? This body of work explores that hiccup, that blink, that ubiquitous fissure in the falling-into-place of things.

The photographs in “Quantum Blink” are composed of two exposures taken instants apart. The striped pattern is the result of masks placed in-camera, which allows me to blend two images together and at the same time keep them from fully fusing into one another. Each photograph in the series holds a brief sense of continuity, almost like an animation, slightly cinematographic. The portraits depict subjects performing mundane actions during moments of reflection and observation. Although they hint at the notion of movement and progression, the beginning and end of the actions is ambiguous and indistinguishable.

In person, these photographic works appear to shift and change depending on the distance and the angle from which they are seen; an illusion of volume becomes apparent, while other times it may seem as though there are as many as three images at play.

—Isabel M. Martinez

Editor’s Note: This series was a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014. Discover all of the winners and finalists — an impressive array of portraits from many points of view.