Similarly, one of Gefeller's new images, taken in a park, at first seems to show trees as seen from above. But Gefeller was actually shooting from under the leafless trees, not above them. What we are seeing is the shadow of the trees recorded by his camera as he walked back and forth through the park. Because he is also shooting very small areas of space from relatively close distances, the final constructed image has detail that couldn't be captured in a single photo made from higher up.
If you look closely at the picture, you can also see that Gefeller has captured the passage of time, which is pretty hard to do in a single image. (Still photographs are usually meant to freeze moments, after all.) It took Gefeller several hours to photograph the entire area of the park, and during that time the sun moved across the sky. The shadows Gefeller captured at the end of the day splay out differently than the ones he photographed at the beginning.
"What I really like to do with my work is to make people think about whether the images are truth or fiction," Gefeller told me. On one hand, the images are essentially documentary—Gefeller doesn't alter what he actually records with his camera. In fact, the viewer is exposed to a level of reality missing from traditional photographs. (Because Gefeller is shooting very small areas from relatively close distances, the final constructed image has detail that couldn't be captured in a single photo made from higher up.)
On the other hand, the image is entirely constructed, a version of reality the Gefeller imagined and created. –David Schonauer