This gallery contains 16 photos.
The Phillip Bell images below provided some inspiration within this series of images, the colour composition created through the primary and secondary colours of blue, red and purple make up my images involving light and the blending technique was another feature I tried to explore through my own photography. What appealed to me most about the …
– Phillip Bell –
I chose these two images from Phillip Bell’s ‘Illustrated Bill of Rights’ graphic design work as I was drawn to the tonal colour composition of the pattern, I connected the deep blue and green within the first one into the representation of Autumn within my videography and the vibrant red and orange tones within the second image as a portrayal of Spring. (This is especially provoking as the video footage was infact filmed in one day, yet two contrasting seasons appear to be shown.)
Although Bell’s work is based on graphic design, I used video and photographic techniques to create a ‘real life’ kaleidoscope layer within the video, overlapping a similar style development of my ‘Memories’ journey videography. Bell’s work encompasses the representation of the Bill of Rights within 10 graphic pictogram images and although his connections with culture is not what I am looking to represent within my work, the idea of identity and a unique depiction of identity is something I want to evoke through my pieces, instead of using clear visual human form, I have attempted to use a more ambiguous and abstract representation of an identity.
The above videography is the result of the combination of the two artists I researched, represented in my own style. To develop from my earlier video and photographic work, I experimented using colour as opposed to solid black and white, inspired by the tonal ranges I picked from Phillip Bell’s ‘kaleidoscope’ work and incorporated the strong areas of contrast, unusual viewpoints, layering, shadow and overexposure and out of focus elements within some of Duane Michals work. Contextually, I tried to evoke ideas of identity (found within both Michals and Bell’s art) and my own interest in memories within the video. I feel as though the ‘Memories’ video is stronger in portraying the contextual ideas, but the technical ability within this video is stronger.
“It is no accident that you are reading this. I am making black marks on white paper. These marks are my thoughts, and although I do not know who you are reading this now, in some way the lines of our lives have intersected… For the length of these few sentences, we meet here.
It is no accident that you are reading this. This moment has been waiting for you, I have been waiting for you. Remember me.”
– Duane Michals –
It is Michal’s perception of identity that initially drew me to his series of photographic work and contextually, I interpreted his representation of people and their interaction with the supernatural in my own work surrounding the idea of memory. Visually, his manipulation of film to create areas of contrast and overexposure is the technique that most inspired my own work, as well as the use of grain and out of focus style to create ambiguity. His work is almost entirely composed of black and white and this enhances the sense of illusion, reducing the ability for the viewer to connect and interpret the image through colour limits the realism of the photograph and as I am looking at the consciousness of memories I feel his work can greatly influence my own.