Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
"To contemplate is to look at Shadows"
Continuing the documentation of shadows cast by objects in the windows of the studio - here using a different camera phone that casts a blue hue to the shadows. Interestingly to note the phrase Shadow Image is the direct translation of the Chinese word for photography.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
"Whenever he was en route from one place to another, he was able to look at his life with a little more objectivity than usual. It was often on trips that he thought most clearly, and made the decisions that he could not reach when he was stationary."
Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Monday, 3 September 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
"Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy - one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself."
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
The photographs are part of an ongoing exploration of the strange city of water that is Venice.
On a previous post (February 2011) I have shown sketchbook pages of my time in Venice. Drawings that depict architectural elements combined with graphical symbols & typography from my experience of the city. Rather than depicting single scenes, the drawings evoke rhythms to capture the flow of Venice, combining both real & photographic reference.
The tension between pictorial figuration & a flattened graphic perspective interests me much, helping to formulate a personal viewpoint & sense of place.
In conjunction with the drawings I am filming the city at night. I have a deep curiosity of the audio intimacy of Venice during night time & I'm gradually developing this into a short film piece. There is also recognition of how the image of Venice as reflection is a metaphor for this strange fairy tale like city, a stage for the tourist's gaze, an heightened sense of it's image. How the very architecture, the fine facades are but decoration for visual consumption. A work in progress at present, but I find the journey of such explorations useful in understanding my own creative practice & what the work is about.
Monday, 16 July 2012
Installation of a traditional handmade bamboo beaded curtain depicting Ho Chi Minh City, for the Vietnamese Festival at Spitalfield Market. What fascinated me most in this commission was the translation of a drawing into a pixelated form via a craftsman in Vietnam (see previous post). Once hanging the image only emerged when viewed at certain angles.