Through the wormhole and back

  • Dates
    2024 - Ongoing
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  • Topics Archive, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Fine Art, Landscape, Portrait, Social Issues, Travel

I‘d like to propose a thought experiment that explores the idea of reconnecting with my past self. A self-healing science fiction journey into the past to get closer to my „inner child“.

Sometimes I would like to travel back in time and punch myself in the face. There is no closer and more important connection than the one to oneself, I would dare say. We are tied to ourselves, whether we like it or not.

At times it is very difficult for me to accept who I am and the path I‘ve taken. I question all the decisions that I make and that I have made in the past. In therapy I was told to be kind to myself and to connect with my „inner child“.

Another reason I‘d consider traveling back to my childhood is to relive experiences with the same intensity as I did back then. Spending hours observing things with fresh, unbiased eyes. In a way, photography is a tool that can put me in exactly this situation and possibly the reason for my obsession with this medium.

I‘d also argue that photography is the most effective form of time travel available today. With the click of a button, we can freeze time and preserve it „forever“. However, what‘s currently lacking is access to these frozen moments.

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I‘d like to propose a thought experiment that explores the idea of getting closer to my past "self". According to scientific theory, time travel is theoretically possible, although traveling into the future is easier than traveling into the past. The best way to travel in all directions is through a so-called wormhole.

A wormhole is basically a shortcut in the universe, allowing matter to travel vast distances in a relatively short time. This experiment stretches beyond my imagination, as my knowledge of physics and the universe is limited. It is a mind game on a visual level that is to be understood with a twinkle in the eye.

I'm not saying that the topic isn't serious. It's my way of processing serious subjects like my mental health in a humorous manner. Connecting this future vision of time travel to aiding in the healing of depression or trauma is perhaps a desire I have. Sharing this idea in a creative way is already therapeutic for me.

Some may interpret this story as a naive escape from reality. That may be true, but as long as this thought exercise personally helps me, it's worth it for me to contemplate the Earth from outer space, because from that perspective, the problems I have seem to become very small and insignificant.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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It's not easy being twelve:How would you describe your twelve-year-old self? I probably had a sense of humour, looking at those exaggerated self-portraits I took in a photo booth.But it could also be a facade behind which I hid all my insecurities. In this pre-pubescent phase, many significant things happened in my life that will probably shape me forever.

© Tim Rod - Adjustment: Search for the wormhole in our galaxy.
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Adjustment: Search for the wormhole in our galaxy.

© Tim Rod - Milkyway:Somewhere in the center of the Milky Way, it has been located.
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Milkyway:Somewhere in the center of the Milky Way, it has been located.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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The ABC of timetravel: This series of movements originated in the year 2000 when I was 8years old. My father set up a improvised photo studio in the living room and asked me to pose as a model in front of the camera. 20 years later the movements began to manifest in my body once more, and I couldn't help but repeat them.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Spaceship: This type of ship rotates about its axis, creating an environment of artificial gravity. Occupants of the station experience centrifugal acceleration. The station can be configured to simulate the gravitational acceleration of Earth (9.81 m/s2), allowing long stays in space without the drawbacks of microgravity.

© Tim Rod - Alignment:Final measurements are taken before the start.
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Alignment:Final measurements are taken before the start.

© Tim Rod - Speed of light: Off we go! at the speed of light.
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Speed of light: Off we go! at the speed of light.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Rejuvenation:The acceleration exposes the body to previously unknown phenomena. As I get closer to the wormhole, my body begins to rejuvenate.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Edge of the atmosphere:My head starts to spin and I think back to the intense blue light as I left the atmosphere on earth. Since then, everything around me has been black and white.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Dissolved:A new phenomenon is occurring just before entry. My cells seem to be dissolving, and a gravitational force begins to deform me.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Wormhole:The best way to travel in the future or the past is through a so-called wormhole.A wormhole is a shortcut in the universe, allowing matter to travel vast distances in a relatively short time.

© Tim Rod - Limbo
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Limbo

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Where the future meets the past:Causality refers to the clear relationship between cause and effect. An event can only be the cause of a second event if it occurs temporally before it. However, since the sequence of events depends on the observer (or their state of motion), this could lead to problems with causality.

© Tim Rod - Transit:This is possibly the first image captured within a wormhole. At the end of the tunnel, light can be seen.
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Transit:This is possibly the first image captured within a wormhole. At the end of the tunnel, light can be seen.

© Tim Rod - Arrival:The colors suddenly return. It's bright, and I'm blinded.
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Arrival:The colors suddenly return. It's bright, and I'm blinded.

© Tim Rod - Image from the Through the wormhole and back photography project
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Reconciliation:I approach my eight-year-old Self and reach out my hand. We comfort each other and forgive ourselves. We can learn from each other and decide to collaborate in the future instead of getting in each other's way.