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WINNER! First Honorable Mention, 2024 Museum of Computer Art Donnie Awards!

About Time Space Continuum

A Digital Forum for Communication

What is TSC?

Let's begin by deciphering the name above, albeit simply. Time is composed of moments. Whether or not they may be manipulated remains in question. Space is the physical matter between voids; like stars from space or electrons & neutrons circling nuclei. Continuum, obviously, is what holds it all together.

The hard part follows. Digital refers to a new technology that is the invention of humanity. Forum refers to groups where people think and communicate. Time Space Continuum Web, then, will be a place where people from all over may visit to communicate. The primary requisite is that they are both curious and sincere.

Subsections of this site include the description of standards for image display and voting, the site security features, list of member organizations, and the critique/competition process.

Images: This section contains the image galleries, which include: Portraits, Still life, Action and Sports, Nature and Landscape, Miscellaneous, Class and Hall of Fame Gallery. As a member of the Forum, depending on your security level, there is capability for the following: view the images, make comments on them, edit an image, and vote on them with the following ten criteria: Composition, Color, Creativity, Impact, Presentation, Contrast, Lighting, Subject, Meaning and Focus.

Time Space Continuum wants to involve as many people as possible. Thanks to internet technology, they need not all live on the same continent - merely have internet access. This Forum provides a place where people may post images and ideas. It is the users responsibility to act conscientiously when making the critical decisions about posted materials. Time Space Continuum hopes you'll join in taking that famous first, small step.

The Creator's Synopsis by Their Creator, Nicholas McCumber

Digits and Digiverses are expressions of Form.

Form is composed of Time, Space and Continuum.
Time is just that - time.
Space is the things of any size.
Continuum is what holds it all together.

Further discussion about "Digits" and "Digiverses" detracts from what they’re about because the ultimate finishing point of a Digit or Digiverse is in the mind of the viewer, not the artist.

Still, some explanation of these names is in order.

"Digit" has two meanings: 1. It is short for "Digital", which could be the name of this era. 2. It is also like a "digit", or "finger", which points a direction to the viewer’s inner self, teaching the viewer something about himself.

"Digiverse" is a "Digit" with verse in it.

This is just a brief description of the terms Digit and Digiverse. I mention all this because I want you to know that, despite the seemingly random effects of Digits, there is order to them all. One could otherwise draw an analogy between God and Life.

From Don Archer, Director of MOCA: Museum of Computer Art

Nicholas McCumber has mapped his own artistic journey.

I go through thousands of digital images a year as director of the Museum of Computer Art but I can assert unconditionally that there is no art quite like Nicholas McCumber's "digits". That's what he calls his finished art. It is assembled from "clues".

McCumber is a mystic and an ironist. He carries a camera around with him. He knows photography. He is an expert photographer. His photos become "clues." He will take a photo of almost anything, but what we see in his "clues" are mostly photos of landscapes, nude women, tree forms, rocks, birds, sky. We see these photos invariably as three fingernail images, perhaps 100 pixels wide by 75 pixels high, embedded (usually on the margins) of his finished art. The irony is that these are gloriously realistic images, sharply composed with pure technological competence. It is the way that he layers these "clues" into a finished full-sized "digit" that gives him purchase as an ironist.

The "digit" is an overlay of three images, presumably accomplished in Photoshop. The genius may be in the strength he gives to each of the "clues". He has, of course, wide lattitude here, and one "clue" or another may predominate, or each clue given equal strength. It is not for us to determine. It is the result that counts: an overlay or super-imposition of three images in which the character of each is lost as a new character emerges. It is this character that defines his art, the antithesis of what we commonly recognize as reality. Call this "digit" what you will: mystical, other-worldly, a raid on the subconscious, or a "joumey on the soul plane," as the artist says. Meanwhile, the "clues" remain on the "digits" as fingernails, reminders of how the journey originated.

Don Archer

Director, MOCA: Museum of Computer Art

Cyber Art Galleries

About "The Digits"

This is the imaging section. TSC Forum galleries contain images characterized by their 'loaders' - or creators. The categories include Portrait, Sill Life, Action & Sports, Nature, Miscellaneous. Special galleries are for classes or groups and the Bedford Archives (named for Francis Bedford, Photographer to H.R.H. the Prince of Whales in the East), where the finest imagery is kept. This list will be revised as necessary.

"Finest" is among the most subjective terms around. Visitors to the galleries are encouraged to judge images according to the system outlined at the start of the galleries section. Its default is mediocrity and excessive amounts either of good or bad quality will be recognized.

It is hoped gallery visitors will feel confident enough to express themselves - at least using the 10 issues applicable to all digital images

"The baby-step-initials of this site were WWW, which stood for World Wide Web. This was a description of what the world would look like with all the wires around it transmitting computer signals by wire; a World Wide Web of Wires. Now there are fewer and fewer wires. Anymore the question 'will things stay on this planet or move to others?' is a real one and not just a source for fantasy.

What is Life made up of? There is Time. There is Space. There is the Continuum that holds Everything together. Wired or wireless ? That depends anymore. "It", you know, is the human experience.

Nicholas McCumber, LMRPS
Lifetime Member Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (Elected 1989)

Founder, Time Space Continuum, Inc.

Join us as Nicholas McCumber's digital images skim around the viewers' mind. Only challenged concentration will excite the viewers' mind when whatching these items. Hopefully dreams will be aroused.

Remember, though, these images remain incomplete until considered by someone.

Stories and Essays

In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Nick is also a talented fictional essayist.
Each of these links will transport you to a new page, and a new world of thought and philosophy.