I began a new painting today working in the larger scale. I had forgotten the feeling of freedom working larger had allowed me in the past. Its hard to explain. Like my physical movements against a canvas closer to my size make me feel immersed somewhat. Working large after many years is like a new experience to me all over again. You could say I feel as fresh and new as my new studio and surrounding environment.
This was a series of selfportrait images titled My Ghost. I was curious about how ‘absence’ can affect the familiarity of the surrounding environment. An absence of the physical or a fading memory.
I am preoccupied with thoughts of time and existence. I am not sure why, perhaps it is to do with my adoption and dealing with what that meant to me growing up..Or maybe it is just to do with my awareness of how short a time span we get to live on this tiny planet. It may be both..I don’t know.
Here is something I’m working on at the moment. I use myself in the photo as part of 2 life forms communicating with the surroundings within the realm of existence (the second life form being the long living trees). Thoughts such as the fading of time and of memory, the fragility of the mind and of life itself are all part of a reminder of sorts about what we are.
I took this photograph on my Praktica MLT50 film camera. (I love the this camera!) I used the built in timer to help take the photo but it was tricky as I had only approximately 5 seconds to get into position. It was a good thing too though as I had no time to think of what pose I should fall into. When I was developing this in the darkroom, I wanted a faded exposure so I used my enlarger to help achieve this. The photographic paper I used is warm-tone for warmth and authenticity.
I am a painter and explorer of alternative photography. My studio is a combination of oil painting and darkroom utilities. I want to share my visual diary of painting and photography with the hope of connecting with other artists in the art community here at home and across the world.
This is my first artist blog! I don’t know a whole lot about blogging but hopefully after some time I will get the hang of it. 🙂
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